Khambu in Bhutan

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Khambu
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,400
World Population: 374,200
Primary Language: Assamese
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Keith Carey