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Bhotia Sikkim in India

Bhotia Sikkim

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
82,000 Sikkimese Buddhism 4.44 % Unknown No No   

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.

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

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-12
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:82,000
Largest States:
Sikkim (65,000)West Bengal (15,000)
Arunachal Pradesh (1,000)Maharashtra (100)
Karnataka (30)
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People Name in Country: Bhotia Sikkim
People Name General: Bhotia Sikkim
Alternate People Names:
Bhotia of SikkimBhutia
LhoriSikkim Bhotia
भोटिया (बुद्धिस्ट ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111611
Joshua Project People ID: 16450
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 82,000
Population all Countries: 88,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bhotia Sikkim
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sikkimese (46,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sip    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
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)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 33
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism90.85 % 
Christianity4.44 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism4.36 % 
Islam0.12 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.09 % 
Unknown0.14 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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