Bhotia Sikkim in India

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Bhotia Sikkim
Photo Source:  Jared Kachurak 
Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bhotia Sikkim
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 84,000
World Population: 90,500
Primary Language: Sikkimese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 4.45 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Tibetan
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

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