Bodh (Buddhist traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The classification of the small Bodh group is extremely problematic. In India the government has granted scheduled tribe status to the Bhotia and also the Bodh of Himachal Pradesh. These two terms are generic names given to people of Tibetan origin across northern India and Nepal, and they are sometimes even used as a religious designation for all Buddhist people. Most likely the people who came from Tibet prior to 1962 are referred to as Bodhs, while those who have migrated across the border in the past sixty years are called Tibetans.

These broad classifications, however, are of little value when trying to determine ethnic and linguistic divisions among the cold and remote mountains in the northern part of the state. Even the people living in the three valleys given as the location of the Stod Bhoti (the Stod, Khoksar and Mayar valleys) may constitute three separate language groups and five sub-groups. Stod and Khoksar reportedly have 85 per cent mutual intelligibility, but Stod and Mayar only share 75 per cent intelligibility and there is a mere 62 per cent intelligibility between Khoksar and Mayar. Linguists say that there usually needs to be an 80 per cent mutual intelligibility between the speakers of two languages or dialects in order for them to be able to communicate in a meaningful manner.

Their region has been described as having “an inhospitable terrain with little vegetation as the area falls in the arid zone. It has very scanty rainfall.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Because of this difficult terrain, the Bodh people, be they herdsmen or farmers, are faced with a difficult life. They truly live by the sweat of their brows.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Tibetan Buddhism is the preferred religion of all Bodh people in India, although Hindu influence is increasing. They live in constant fear of evil spirits. They believe that they must vigilantly perform rituals and offerings to placate the deities, otherwise the spirit could take offence and bring disaster on their community. For example, Bodh households have a harsho (long pole) fixed in its courtyard with cloth tied around it to ward off the evil eye. They also have amulets to ward off the evil eye.

Tibetan Buddhist lamas are their sacred specialists. These religious experts perform exorcisms as needed. The Bodh are one of the most unreached Buddhist groups in the world.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bodh people desperately need to be freed from the powerful clutches of evil spirits. Only Jesus Christ can deliver them, but they must be willing to accept his lordship.


Prayer Points

Pray for them to understand and respond to Christ.

Pray God will have mercy on the Bodh, doing whatever it takes to put them in a position to receive him.

Ask God to open the hearts of the Bodh to the gospel.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Bodh (Buddhist traditions) in India.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-09-05
People Name General Bodh (Buddhist traditions)
People Name in Country Bodh (Buddhist traditions)
Pronunciation bohd
Population this Country 138,000
Population all Countries 139,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Bhot; Bodriksha; Bodriksma; Chazang; Jad; Ladakhi Bodh; Ladakshadpa; Ladakshpa; Lama; Lamba; Losso; Namba; Nubra; Stod Bhotia; Tinan; बोध, (बुद्धिस्ट ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16433
ROP3 Code 111584
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Ladakh
105,000
Himachal Pradesh
29,000
Jammu and Kashmir
2,800
Madhya Pradesh
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Ladakh 105,000
  Himachal Pradesh 29,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 2,800
  Madhya Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Ladakhi (85,000 speakers)
Language Code lbj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Pattani
6,400
Tinani
6,300
Spiti Bhoti
5,100
Kashmiri
3,300
Tibetan, Central
3,000
Stod Bhoti
1,700
Sikkimese
1,400
Zangskari
900
Kangri
700
Kinnauri
500
Chinali
500
Hindi
500
Nepali
300
Pahari, Mahasu
200
Sherpa
100
Primary Language Ladakhi (85,000 speakers)
Language Code lbj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Pattani 6,400
  Tinani 6,300
  Spiti Bhoti 5,100
  Kashmiri 3,300
  Tibetan, Central 3,000
  Stod Bhoti 1,700
  Sikkimese 1,400
  Zangskari 900
  Kangri 700
  Kinnauri 500
  Chinali 500
  Hindi 500
  Nepali 300
  Pahari, Mahasu 200
  Sherpa 100
People Groups Speaking Ladakhi

Primary Language:  Ladakhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1919)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (1948)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ladakhi Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Ladakhi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Ladakhi Scripture downloads, and other resources General / Other
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
93.87 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.69 %
Islam
3.92 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.12 %
Unknown
0.06 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Ron Ramtang - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more