They were pacifist forest foragers who worshipped
mountains, river and nature spirits. They constitute only
13% of the total population of Sikkim.
Religion forms the main thread in the fabric life of the
Sikkimese. Nearly every Bhutia family has one family
member who became monk. Traditionally the priesthood was
regarded as the intellectual as well as spiritual elite.
They constitute 16% of the total population of Sikkim.