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Tamangs (Devnagari: तामाङ; tāmāng) are the indigenous ethnic group of Nepal; one of the several ethnic groups from north central hilly region of Nepal. Tamang people are predominately found in the districts of Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Lalitpur,Dhading, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Chitwan and Kavreplanchowk, and small number of Tamang who migrated from Nepal can be found in the hilly region of India. The word Tamang derived from Tibetan words "ta" and "mang", meaning horse and warrior. Living mainly north and east of the country, they constitute 5.6% of Nepal's population, which places their population at 1,280,000, slightly higher than the Newars.

Tamang are one of the indigenous inhabitants of Nepal. They have their own distinct culture, language and religion. Their ancestral domain (land) is popularly known as Tamsaling. Tamsaling’ means ‘Tam’ refers to the language spoken by Tamang people, ‘sa’ refers to the land and ‘ling’ refers to the territory or fragment. So, ‘Tamsaling’ mean the land of Tamang tonguespeaking people. Tamsaling extends from Buddigandaki in the West to Dudhkoshi in the East and from the Himalayan range in the North to Chure or Siwalik hills in the South.

National Population Census of 2001 has traced 1282304 populations of Tamang indigenous peoples that comprise 5.6% of the total population of the country. Of this 70% of the Tamang people are inhabited in the Tamsaling region whereas 30% are...
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