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Khambu in Bhutan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Assamese Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Khambu in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
Traditionally the Khambu people (aka, Rai) were nature worshippers. They worshipped objects of nature such as trees, rivers, and animals, but they also worshipped their ancestors. Later Hinduism was forced upon them by outsiders. Today there is an interest in the Buddhist religion among the Khambu. This is probably especially true in Bhutan, a Buddhist country.

Where are they located?
The Khambu people live in three countries. Most are either in India or Nepal, but a small number live in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
Living in a mountainous part of the world, the Khambu people are isolated from the rest of the world. Farming is necessary, but it is very difficult. Like the peoples around them, the Khambu people in Bhutan depend on their livestock for milk and meat.

What are their beliefs?
Today the Khambu people are mainly Hindu. Today there is an interest in the Buddhist religion among the Khambu. This is probably especially true in Bhutan, a Buddhist country.

What are their needs?
The Khambu people need help making more than a bare-bones living in their mountainous homeland.

Prayer Points
Pray for spiritual openness and a desire for relationship with a holy, righteous God.
Pray for the opportunity to hear of the finished work of Christ in Khambu communities.
Pray that despite their remote mountainous location that believers will take them the gospel and many will be willing to be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ.


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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:40 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,400
Largest Provinces:
Western (1,400)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khambu
People Name General: Khambu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112497
Joshua Project People ID: 17148
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 377,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Khambu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Assamese
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (Unknown)Hindi (Unknown)
Nepali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism26.92 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism73.08 % 
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: 1822-1974
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1833-2022
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 RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Assamese
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Assamese
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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Khambu in Bhutan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Khambu Bhutan    
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      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Assamese  
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