• PEOPLE CLUSTER: SOUTH ASIA BUDDHIST

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By Sally Cawthra, London, England

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 55

Population: 20,828,500

Unreached people groups: 51

UPG population: 20,796,400

Unengaged UPGs: 17

UUPG population: 345,800

Number of countries: 16


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: The South Asia Buddhist cluster encompasses people groups with identity rooted in their Buddhist faith. Only Bhutan and Sri Lanka are majority Buddhist nations in South Asia, but Buddhists are also an important minority religion in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Peoples within this cluster: Aiton; Baragaunle; Brokpa; Bumthangpa; Chak; Chali; Dolpa Tibetan; Dowaniya; Drukpa; Dzalakha; Galle Gurung; Gongduk; Gurung, Western; Helambu Sherpa; Jirel; Kheng; Kurteop; Kutang Bhotia; Lakha; Layakha; Lhop, Doya; Loba; Lunape; Matpa; Mugali; Nau Buddh; Nawa Sherpa; Nupbi; Nyenpa; Pankhu; Sampange Rai; Sharchop; Sherpa; Sinhalese; Tamang, Eastern; Tangchangya; Tokpegola; Tsum

Countries where they are found: Bangladesh; Bhutan; Canada; China; India; Italy; Malaysia; Maldives; Nepal; Oman; Qatar; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; United States


People groups: 55

Population: 20,828,500

Unreached people groups: 51

UPG population: 20,796,400

Unengaged UPGs: 17

UUPG population: 345,800

Number of countries: 16