Here are the Sarchops

Sharchop is a collective term for the populations of mixed Southeast Asian and South Asian descent found in the eastern districts of Bhutan. They have largely adopted the cultural practices of the Tibet-derived culture of central and western Bhutan.

They speak Sharchopkh, also known as Tshangla, which shares a linguistic heritage with Tibetan and Dzongkha. Tshangla is also spoken by the Menba national minority across the border in China (also called the Monpa).

Most Sharchops follow Tibetan Buddhism with some elements of Bön, although those who live in the Duars follow Animism and Hinduism.

The Sharchops, who live in the eastern section of Bhutan, are considered to be descendants of the earliest major group to inhabit Bhutan.

Most follow the Nyingmapa discipline of Mahayana Buddhism. Sharchop is translated as “people of the east.” They account more than 33 percent of the national population.

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    Wangchuk said,

    Hey Blogger
    Dont fabricate news and post it thus.
    Sharchops is a discriminatory term to a multilingual and multiradical group of peole, just because they fell in the eastern part of the Wangchuck ruled Bhutan. Their types are spread across NEIndia (Arunachal, Mizoram) , North India (ladakh ) North Nepal, Tibet, china, Laos and campbodia, Perhaps can be tracked as far as korea and japan. So labeling a large ethnic entity wish a small name is a planned intention of the rulers to confine and supress a large majority.

    They had a glorious history in the time of Sindhu raja and In the kingdom of Kamrup.
    Even those in Bhutan count more than 40 percent.

    Please read well before expressing your ideas Man.


    • 2

      Uli Kern said,

      Dear Wangchuck
      I am a Swiss social anthropologist, reseraching on legal systems. Legal systems of states in coparison to societies that are still intact with their culutal traits an living ans entities within states. I am intersted to find common world wide unterstanding of civil rights, a smallest common denominator so to say.
      My wish would be to travel and visit groups in Bhutan that are still “animistic” (less perogatively said: “practicing still old religions”) in the case of Bhutan being neither Bhuddist nor Hindus… My question: are there still such groups of people living in Bhutan and iv yeas where are they to be found, if possible?
      I read your “categoric” answer to the “blogger” and liked it, and that is the reason for me contacting you in the hope you could help me in some way.
      Thanks for an answer and I wish you a all the best for your time to come.
      U. Kern

    • 3

      Nov 1939 said,

      Indeed, the eastern region is treated as second class region and together with lhotsampas, they are given a second class status and hence many conscious ones have joined hands with the movement for democracy and human rights by the oppressed lhotsampas!

  2. 4

    Nov 1939 said,

    There are the Doyas and Totos living in Samchi district who practice animism. Many are being converted into Christianity in the border areas.

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