Central Tibetan in Switzerland

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Written records of Tibetan history have survived from the seventh century AD, but it is known that nomadic tribes roamed Tibet as early as the second century BC. The cradle of Tibetan civilization is the Yarlung Valley area, about 80 kilometers (49 mi.) southeast of Lhasa. There, according to tradition, the union of a monkey and a she-devil created the Tibetan race. Around AD 600 the warrior-king of Yarlung, Namri Gampo, unified the clans of Tibet. He acquired a princess from Nepal and another one from China to be his wives. Under the persuasion of these two women, he combined the ancient Tibetan religion of Bon with Buddhist teachings.

For centuries the Chinese have claimed Tibet as an "unalienable part of China," despite Tibetans being culturally, historically, linguistically, and religiously distinct from Chinese. In the 1950s the Chinese took full control of Tibet, and many Tibetans have been fleeing ever since.

Where Are they Located?

Most Tibetans live in Tibet, which is now a province in southwestern China, but a sizable number fled to northern India with the Dalai Lama decades ago. There is a smaller Tibetan diaspora in other countries like Switzerland, where they live mainly in the northern regions.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The first Tibetans to enter Switzerland came in the 1960s. It was thought that the climate and terrain of Switzerland would make for a good place for the Tibetans. Since that time, they have had to adapt to a new culture and language. Given time, Tibetan children learned German.

The Tibetan diaspora is noted for protesting the injustices faced by their people in what is now a province of China. Because of the Internet, they can obtain fresh information from Tibetans in China. Their network allows news to move fast.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tibetan Buddhist religion is the life-blood of the Tibetan people. It was placed over the powerful Tibetan religion of Bon, which is a mixture of magic, divination, demon worship, and shamanism. The patron saint of Tibet is Chenrezig, whose image has up to 11 heads and from 2 to 1,000 arms.

What Are Their Needs?

Tibetans in Switzerland have an opportunity to break the bondage of the spirit world and embrace Jesus Christ in their European homeland.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tibetan, Central in Switzerland.

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften Tibetan hearts towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Switzerland and share Christ with Tibetans.
Pray that God will raise up loving Swiss Christians to reach out to their Tibetan neighbors.
Ask the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement among Tibetans in Europe.
Ask God to encourage and protect the small number Tibetans who follow Christ.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tibetan
People Name in Country Tibetan, Central
Natural Name Central Tibetan
Population this Country 8,200
Population all Countries 1,130,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhokha; Bhote; Dalai; Dbus; Dbustsang; Lhasa; Lhasa Tibetan; Llasa; Phoke; Pohbetian; Tebilian; Tibate; Tseku; U; Wei; Weizang; Zang; टिबेटन
People ID 15468
ROP3 Code 110033
Country Switzerland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Switzerland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Tibetan, Central (8,200 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tibetan, Central (8,200 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tibetan, Central

Primary Language:  Tibetan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1862-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1885-1973)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1948-1983)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Good News for You
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tibetan, Central
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Phim
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tibetan, Central
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
1.60 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.39 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source szyj351 - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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