The Gtsang Tibetans are part of the Tibetan nationality, but they speak a language only partly intelligible with other Tibetan varieties. Captain O'Conner, the British trade agent at Gyantse in the early 1900s, described the Gtsang Tibetans as "superstitious indeed to the last degree, but devoid of any deep-rooted religious convictions or heart searchings, oppressed by the most monstrous growth of monasticism and priest-craft which the world has ever seen."
Gtsang Tibetans are located in China (Tibet), Nepal, India, and a small number are in Bhutan.
Gtsang Tibetans hold the Xigaze New Year Festival in the first week of the 12th lunar month. Thousands of visitors have flocked to Gyantse since 1408 for the annual Horse Racing and Archery Show.
The Gtsang region is home to several Buddhist sects, including the Nyingmapa (Ancient), Kagyupa (Oral Transmission), and Sakya (Gray Earth) schools. Gtsang Tibetans are devout Tibetan Buddhists. In the 1600s, a Jesuit missionary entered the land of the Gtsang Tibetans, and won many to Roman Catholicism, and there are still a few who remain Christian.
The Gtsang Tibetans need true spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross.
* Pray that the Lord would send his ambassadors to the Gtsang Tibetans to bring Jesus to them.
* Pray that the Gtsang Tibetans in Bhutan will soon understand the spiritual depth and the unfathomable love of our Lord and savior.
* Pray that soon there will be fellowships and disciple making movements among the Gtsang Tibetans in Bhutan and China.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Tibetan Gtsang|
|People Name in Country||Tibetan Gtsang|
|Population in Bhutan||1,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bhotia, Gyantse, Sagka, Sagya, Tsang, Xigatse Tibetan, Xigatse Tibetans, Xigatze, टिबेटन, गठसांग|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Tibetan, Central (1,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||bod Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Tibetan, Central|
Primary Language: Tibetan, Central
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1885-1973)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Good News for You (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tibetan, Central|
|Film / Video||Phim (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: པོད་སྐད་ - Tibetan|