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Tibetan Gtsang in Bhutan

Tibetan Gtsang

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Tibetan, Central Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Tibetan Gtsang in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
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."

Where are they located?
Gtsang Tibetans are located in China (Tibet), Nepal, India, and a small number are in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
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.

What are their beliefs?
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.

What are their needs?
The Gtsang Tibetans need true spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross.

Prayer Points
* 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.


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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:45 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:900
Largest Provinces:
Central (900)Western (20)
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People Name in Country: Tibetan Gtsang
People Name General: Tibetan Gtsang
Alternate People Names:
TsangXigatse Tibetan
Xigatse TibetansXigatze
टिबेटन, गठसांग
ROP3 Code: 114330
Joshua Project People ID: 18698
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 764,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Tibetan Gtsang
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tibetan, Central (900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bod    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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: 1862-1991
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1948
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoGood News for You
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tibetan, Central
Film / VideoPhim
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Text / Printed MatterBible: པོད་སྐད་ - Tibet ...
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Tibetan Gtsang in Bhutan

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