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Bhutan (Tibet; Druk-Yul, “Dragon Kingdom”) is an independent kingdom in the eastern Himalayas. The primary ethnic groups are the Bhote (50 percent) and the Nepalese (35 percent), with smaller percentages of many others (including Assamese, Loba, and Lepcha). About two-thirds belong to the “red cap” sect of Lamaistic Buddhism (the Drukpa group of the Karyud school), which is the state religion. Most of the rest are Hindus, primarily Nepali settlers in the south and southwest of Bhutan. Immigration from Nepal has been forbidden since 1959. A small percentage of …

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Luchesi, Brigitte, “Bhutan”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B193>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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