Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bhod-pa, the collective national name of all the peoples of Tibetan stock in Tibet and along the southern slopes of the Himalayas, from bhod (bhot, bhud, but, bhod, etc.,) = land, and pa = people, in the sense of autochthones, aborigines; hence Bhutan, and Bhotiya the name applied by the Hindus to all Tibetan peoples. The word occurs in early Sanscrit writings under the form of Bhoja, and the inhabitants of Bhojpur are still called Bhojas. In the Vedic poems the Bhojas are always represented as Aryans, but only in a religious, not in an ethnical sense. Like all the pre-Aryan peoples they belonged to the Mongolo-Tibetan race originally, and in their features they still show traces of Tibetan blood.