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Introduction / History
The Akhvakh (Akhvakhti) are a people of the Ando-Tsezian group, part of the native population of Daghestan. Akhvakhti are Andyis. They are akin to the Avars and the Bagulal. Iran ceded this region to Russia in a treaty in 1813. The Akhvakhti have their own language, and additionally, communicate in the Avar and Russian languages. Akhvakhti, some of whom live in Azerbaijan, have two dialects, northern and southern. Their communities are situated in West Daghestan in mountainous country. Some have, over time, drifted down into the plains. Those who live in the mountains are ranchers and farmers. Those who moved into the plains planted grapes. They are organized in a patriarchal society. Extended families go out to 4th cousins. The families are not large but close.
Where are they Located?
Most Akhvakhti live in West Daghestan near the northwest border (with Chechnya), with the rest living in Azerbaijan.
What are Their Beliefs?
The Akhvakhti are Sunni Moslems. They have been Islamic since their forced conversion in the 15th century, but they still practice animism and live by many superstitions.
* Pray for missionaries working in Northwest Daghestan among these peoples and others on the mountain slopes, and their protection from fundamentalist religionists and nationalists.
* Pray for access to the society through their celebrations and customs.
* Pray that those who go into the marketplace will have divine encounters with Christians, and be open to hearing the Gospel.
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