Altai in Kazakhstan





Largest Religion

Main Language



Presently a number of different peoples are united as "Altaics", or "Oirots". For the most part, these peoples have had different occupations, modes of life, and ethnic origins, which is why the Altai district of the Mountain Altai autonomous region is linguistically and ethnically so diverse. There is a great difference between the North and South Altaics in their customs and clothing. Altai is a very old center for the art of metal working. Since ancient times the North Altaics have been remarkable for their skill in mining and melting iron and fashioning harnesses, helmets, spears, hunting gear, sabres and many other things. Throughout the centuries the Altaics have tenaciously held on to several elements of Old Turkic culture and the accompanying way of life. Many Old Turkic shamanistic customs have remained, including the rite of sacrificing animals.

Ministry Obstacles

Commitment to tradition makes it difficult to change ones' way of life, and following Christ does require change.

Outreach Ideas

The old Altaic tradition of sacrificing animals could serve as an effective bridge to understanding the sacrifice of Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus Christ among the Altai will be accurately instructed in the truths of scripture, and will place their faith fully in the finished work of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that all Altai people will come to worship the creator, instead of his creation. Also pray for improved living conditions, for good schools and for employment opportunities.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Altai
People Name in Country Altai
Population in Kazakhstan 500
World Population 74,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Oirot, Southern Altai, Tu, Tuba
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Ural-Siberian
People Name General Altai
Ethnic Code MSY41z
People ID 10256
Country Kazakhstan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Altai, Southern (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Altai, Southern 500
For Primary Language: Altai, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2003)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Altai, Southern Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Non-Religious

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.44 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
90.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Eric O M  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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