Bhotia Sikkim in India


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Introduction / History

The Bhotia live in the foothills of the Himalayas and are a scheduled tribe.

The Bhotia speak the languages of where they live. They are a majority in Northern Sikkim and are called Lachenpas from the word Lachen in Tibetan meaning big hill. In Sikkim they speak Boti. The religion of the Bhotia is generally a combination of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. They need better health and a decent income. They are shepherds in general. The conditions they live in are cold and difficult for them and the remoteness could be an obstacle for the gospel.

The Sikkim Bhotia live in the whole of Sikkim but mostly in the north. They have groups and sub groups. After the birth of a baby there is a naming ceremony done by a priest. The dead are kept in the house from three days to seven weeks. The dead are cremated. Their religion is Buddhism and they work mainly in cultivation. They are at higher altitudes for their sheep in summer and go to lower altitudes in winter and have houses at the two altitudes. They do not like to use family planning.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian Christians lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel materials lead them to salvation.
* Pray that they get the help they need with their health and standard of living.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
peoplegroupsindia.com


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-12
People Name General Bhotia Sikkim
People Name in Country Bhotia Sikkim
Population in India 83,000
World Population 89,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bhotia of Sikkim, Bhutia, Danyouka, Lhopa, Lhori, Sikkim Bhotia, भोटिया (बुद्धिस्ट ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16450
ROP3 Code 111611
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Sikkim
70,000
West Bengal
13,000
Arunachal Pradesh
600
Maharashtra
70
Karnataka
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Sikkim 70,000
  West Bengal 13,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 600
  Maharashtra 70
  Karnataka 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sikkimese (45,000 speakers)
Language Code sip   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Sherpa
16,000
Nepali
15,000
Tibetan, Central
4,700
Lepcha
1,600
Hindi
700
English
60
Limbu
50
Bengali
30
Kodava
20
Dimasa
10
Khandesi Telugu
Digaro-Mishmi Adi Marathi
Primary Language Sikkimese (45,000 speakers)
Language Code sip   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Sherpa 16,000
  Nepali 15,000
  Tibetan, Central 4,700
  Lepcha 1,600
  Hindi 700
  English 60
  Limbu 50
  Bengali 30
  Kodava 20
  Dimasa 10
  Khandesi 10
  Telugu 10
  Digaro-Mishmi 10
  Adi 10
  Marathi 10
People Groups Speaking Sikkimese

Primary Language:  Sikkimese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
90.88 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
4.46 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
4.34 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.10 %
Photo Source Jared Kachurak 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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