Lhomi in India


Population
1,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

Although they are considered part of the Tibetan nationality, the Lhomi possess their own distinct language and culture. Lhomi means "southern people."


History

The Lhomi are a Tibetan people who have been influenced by non-Tibetans over the course of many centuries. This has led to the mixture of cultural, linguistic, and religious traits that today identify them as a distinct people group.


Customs

Over the past 20 years, some Lhomi in Nepal have moved and settled down in the nation's capital, Katmandu, where they work as laborers and builders. Most of the Lhomi men who work in Katmandu send money back to their families. They are only able to travel back to their home villages once or twice a year. "This independent tribe grows a few crops, in particular millet for making gruel and beer. They raise sheep for wool and meat, and weave cotton-like garments from wild sisal hemp."


Religion

The Lhomi believe in the existence of spirits and natural forces that control the affairs of their lives. Their religion has been described as "unrefined Buddhism. ... Their shamans (animistic priests) are as active as the Buddhist lamas. Although animal sacrifice is abhorrent to orthodox Buddhists, the Lhomis make several ritual animal sacrifices during the year." Before millet is planted in September, the Lhomi kill three sheep to placate the patron deity of their village.


Christianity

Due to the large foreign missionary contingent formerly based in Darjeeling, northeast India, many Lhomi there have some awareness of the gospel, and a few have believed in Christ. In recent years more than 100 Lhomi in Nepal have also put their faith in Christ. They are now sending evangelists to other people groups. Lhomi Scripture portions were first printed in 1976, and gospel recordings are also available. Despite the existence of Lhomi Christians in Nepal and India, it has proven difficult for the gospel to spread to their counterparts in Tibet, due to the political situation there and the tightly controlled borders.


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People Name General Lhomi
People Name in Country Lhomi
Population in India 1,700
World Population 4,500
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
Alternate Names Kar Bhote, Karbhote, Kathe Bhote, Lhoket, Saapa, Shing, Shing Saapa, Shingsaba, Shingsawa, Singsawa, लहोमी
People ID 18548
ROP3 Code 114165
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country West Bengal, Darjeeling.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country West Bengal, Darjeeling..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 1
  West Bengal (1,700)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Lhomi (1,400 speakers)
Language Code lhm   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Nepali
(300)
People Groups Speaking Lhomi
Primary Language Lhomi (1,400 speakers)
Language Code lhm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Nepali (300)
People Groups Speaking Lhomi

Primary Language:  Lhomi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1976)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1995)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
93.59 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
6.41 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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