Khambu in Bhutan


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Khambu in Bhutan.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17148/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17148/NP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_people


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Khambu
People Name in Country Khambu
Alternate Names Janiar; खंबू
Population this Country 1,500
Population all Countries 410,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17148
ROP3 Code 112497
ROP25 Code 303926
ROP25 Name Khambu
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Western 1,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
26.92 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
73.08 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali Hindi Nepali
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Hindi
  Nepali
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1833-2022)
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Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Assamese Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Rachhenhang Rai - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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