The population of Sikkim comprises
mainly of three ethnic communities, namely Lepchas, Bhutias and
Nepalese, who intermingle freely to constitute a homogenous
blend. Besides these there are other communities also who have
come from the plains and are mainly involved in business and
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.
They are a people with a natural gaiety; their culture and
customs are as fascinating as the surroundings in which they
live. They account for 67% of the total population of Sikkim.