Khas in Bhutan

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Khas
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,000
World Population: 81,000
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Buddhism
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

The Khas people have historically been mountain dwellers living near or in the Himalayas. Some believe the Khas originally came to South Asia from Central Asia. At one time they formed a powerful kingdom which extended from Nepal into Tibet. It is said the Khas language was the forerunner of modern day Nepali. Wikipedia tells us that the term "Khas" is now obsolete, as they identify more with other forward (privileged) caste communities, especially the Chhetri.

Where Are they Located?

The Khas people live in northeastern India, Nepal and Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It is very difficult to grow crops or keep livestock in a near tundra climate like Bhutan.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Khas people are Hindus, but they blend this religion with Buddhist elements. This is especially true in Bhutan where a high percentage of Khas people are Buddhist rather than Hindu.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khas people need the chance to earn a good living in the high mountains of Bhutan, where opportunities are scarce.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Khas people.
Please pray the Lord will send the light of the gospel to these people in all three countries, setting them free from generations of misunderstanding the God of creation.
Pray that the Khas people will be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ wherever they live in South Asia.

Text Source:   Keith Carey