• PEOPLE CLUSTER: SOUTH ASIA BUDDHIST

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By Sally Cawthra, London, England

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 67

Population: 21,826,625

Unreached people groups: 63

UPG population: 21,794,225

Unengaged UPGs: 23

UUPG population: 363,925

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; Berua; Brokkat; Brokpa; Bumthangpa; Chak; Chali; Dakpakha; Dolpa Tibetan; Dowaniya; Drukpa; Dzalakha; Galle Gurung; Ghale, Kutang; Ghale, Northern; Gongduk; Gurung, Eastern; Gurung, Nepali; Gurung, Western; Gyalsumdo; Jirel; Kheng; Kurteop; Kutang Bhotia; Ladsi; Lakha; Layakha; Lhop, Doya; Loba; Lunape; Matpa; Mugali; Nau Buddh; Nupbi; Nyenpa; Pankhu; Rangani; Sampange Rai; Sharchop; Sherpa; Sherpa, Helambu; Sherpa, Nawa; Sinhalese; Tamang, Eastern; Tangchangya; Tokpegola; Tsum; Turung

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: 67

Population: 21,826,625

Unreached people groups: 63

UPG population: 21,794,225

Unengaged UPGs: 23

UUPG population: 363,925

Number of countries: 16