Tseku in Bhutan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* 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

The Tseku people are one of the Tibetan groups, related to the larger Kham Tibetans.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Tseku people live in Tibet, but some are in Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tseku live in the high, remote Himalayan Mountains, and they are small enough that they have escaped the notice of most outsiders. Since their language is similar to the Kham Tibetans, they are probably confused with that larger people group.

The lifestyle of peoples in this part of the world is grim. Freezing, blizzardlike weather is the norm, so people groups like the Tseku either adapt to the climate or they perish. Their food source usually comes from the meat and milk from their livestock and from barley and rice.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tseku are Tibetan Buddhists. Their Buddhist beliefs are mixed with bon, an ancient shamanistic belief system. They rely on demons, ghosts, and the spirits of disembodied deities to guide their decisions. Many Buddhist monks are able to call up fearsome demons, who sometimes visualize in front of them. The most devout monks are reported to be able to transport themselves spiritually from one place to another and have been reputed to appear in different widespread locations on the same day.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tseku people need to find ways to survive, both economically and spiritually.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Tseku people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Tseku families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Tseku families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Tseku family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Scripture Prayers for the Tseku in Bhutan.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tseku
People Name in Country Tseku
Pronunciation TSEH-koo
Alternate Names ठसेकु
Population this Country 6,700
Population all Countries 21,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19656
ROP3 Code 110209
ROP25 Code 308298
ROP25 Name Tseku
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 on file 2
Largest States
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 2
  Eastern 6,100
  Western 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tseku (6,700 speakers)
Language Code tsk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tseku (6,700 speakers)
Language Code tsk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tseku

Primary Language:  Tseku

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Joe Kirkendall 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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