Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
|People Name:||Bhotia Sikkim|
|Christian Adherents:||4.44 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Tribal - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Bhotia live in the foothills of the Himalayas and are a Scheduled Tribe. The Bhotia speak the languages of the state where they live. They are a majority in northern Sikkim and are called Lachenpas from the word Lachen in Tibetan meaning big hill. They have subgroups.
They are shepherds. They live at higher altitudes for their sheep in summer and go to lower altitudes in winter and have houses both altitudes. The conditions they live in are cold and difficult for them and the remoteness could be an obstacle for the gospel. They also need better health and a decent income. The Sikkim Bhotia live in the whole of Sikkim but mostly in the north. After the birth of a baby there is a naming ceremony done by a priest. They keep their dead in the house from three days to seven weeks before cremating the body.
The religion of the Bhotia is generally a combination of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism.
The Bhotia people need a submitted, loving relationship with God the Father so they can experience the abundant life promised by Jesus Christ.
Pray that Indian believers help them to begin their own disciple making movement. Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to the foot of the cross. Pray that they get the help they need with their health and standard of living.