Thamis are mainly found in Suspa, Chhemawati, Khopachagu, Alampu, Bigu, Kalinchok, Lapilang and Lakuri Danda villages of Dolkha District. Numbering about 30,000 in all, the Buddhist Thamis are considered the original people of these places. The Thami language is similar to the language of the Sunuwars, which again conforms to the Rai language originating in the Tibeto-Burman family. Tamang influences are also quite prominent on the Thamis. Labor and farming are the Thamis' main occupations. In religious matters, Thamis are much closer to the Tamangs. Almost 90 percent Thamis are surviving below poverty line and 78 percent are illiterate. Their population, according to Census 2001, is 22,999. Thami tribe is one of the indigenous peoples and nationalities of Mongoloid stock whose settlements are centred in Tamakoshi area and northern part of Dolakha District. According to their mythology, based on their oral tradition or on their religious texts, ‘Paloke', they are the successors of Yapati Chukku and Sonari Aaji who reached the head of Tamakoshi, while travelling in ancient times, from Simangadh (Simroungadh). They scattered all round from Rangrangthali of Suspa in Dolakha (Thami and Others, BS2057). According to one mythology they often relate, of the successors of Kiratis entering the Koshi area, those tracing along the Tamor river became Limbus, those tracing along the Arun became Rais, those tracing along Dudhkoshi became Sunuwar, those tracing along Sunkoshi became Hayu and those tracing along Tamakoshi became Thamis.