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Lahaula in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,400 Tinani Hinduism 0.21 % Unknown No No   

Lahaula in India

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Introduction / History
The Lahaula or Lahuli Tinan - who are counted under the Tibetan nationality in China - are also known as Bhotia. The term Bhotia generally refers to people of Tibetan background. The name Lahaula is also a generic term used to describe the inhabitants of the Lahul District. This region was part of the Ladakhi Kingdom in the tenth century. Border clashes in the area in the 1950s and 1960s resulted in the Chinese seizing a large tract of land from India.

What are their lives like?
Lahaula men are skillful merchants and traders. Lahaula women are known for their independence. Since their husbands are usually off on trading expeditions, the women feel free to take more than one husband. The men trade salt, grain and wool to other people in the Himalayan region and in the process sometimes become quite wealthy.

What are their beliefs?
The strength of Tibetan Buddhism in northern India depends to a great extent on the prosperity and generosity of the Lahaula. They feel spiritually secure because of the religious merit they gain by dispensing charity and generously supporting the temples.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lahaula would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.

Pray for many of them to make disciples who will make even more disciples.

Ask God to raise up Lahaula people who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road.

Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Lahaula in the near future.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,400
Largest States:
Himachal Pradesh (3,400)Chandigarh (20)
Location in Country:Central Himalayas, on both sides of India - China border
(Source: Joshua Project)
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People Name in Country: Lahaula
People Name General: Lahaula
Alternate People Names:
BhotBhotia of Lahui
LahuliLahuli Tinan
ROP3 Code: 114148
Joshua Project People ID: 18532
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,400
Population all Countries: 6,600
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Lahaula
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tinani (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lbf    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Pattani (600)Hindi (300)
Bhattiyali (200)Kangri (70)
Kinnauri (50)Tibetan, Central (30)
Sikkimese (20)Naga, Liangmai (Unknown)
Nepali (Unknown)Punjabi, Eastern (Unknown)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism48.31 % 
Christianity0.21 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism50.79 % 
Islam0.28 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.14 % 
Unknown0.28 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1908-1915
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
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Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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Lahaula in India

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