• PEOPLE CLUSTER: SOUTH ASIAN BUDDHIST

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By Sally Cawthra, London, England

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 65

Population: 21,299,700

Unreached people groups: 58

UPG population: 21,078,100

Unengaged UPGs: 22

UUPG population: 359,400

Number of countries: 18


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; Berua; Brokkat; Brokpa; Bumthangpa; Chak; Chali; Dakpakha; Dolpa Tibetan; Dowaniya; Drukpa; Dzalakha; Galle Gurung; Gongduk; Gurung, Eastern; Gurung, Nepali; Gurung, Western; Gyalsumdo; Jawa Banten; Jirel; Kheng; Kurteop; Kutang Bhotia; Ladsi; Lakha; Layakha; Lhop, Doya; Loba; Lunape; Matpa; Mugali; Neo-Buddhist; Nupbi; Nyenpa; Pankhu; Rangani; Sampange Rai; Sharchop; Sherpa; Sherpa, Helambu; Sherpa, Nawa; Sinhalese; Tangchangya; Thakali; Tokpegola; Tsum; Turun

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


People groups: 65

Population: 21,299,700

Unreached people groups: 58

UPG population: 21,078,100

Unengaged UPGs: 22

UUPG population: 359,400

Number of countries: 18