Tsez, Dido in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Tsez, Dido only in Russia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Didoi (Tsez) live in Dagestan. They speak their own language. The Tsez were evangelized by Georgian missionaries in the 4th and 5th centuries. From the 15th century they were forced to take Islam as their religion.

They are a simple people who are beekeepers and make honey. They raise cows and have small family businesses.

Men do definite types of work and they consider domestic work the woman's job. The husband heads the family, but the wife is the homemaker. Their village used to be located in the mountains, and was difficult to get to. The center of the village was where the mosque was usually located.

They have an animistic worldview and celebrate nature holidays. They believe in genies, evil spirits, witchcraft and demons.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslim/Sunnite, but are influenced by animism.

Prayer Points

* Pray that as they leave the mountains and move to more easily accessible places and will be exposed to the Gospel.
* Pray that the Tsez would experience the power of the Holy Spirit that is greater than their evil spirits.
* Pray that their eyes would be open to see that Jesus wants to break the curses of the evil spirits. (Gal.3:13)

Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-21
People Name General Tsez, Dido
People Name in Country Tsez, Dido
Population in Russia 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dido, Tsez, Tsezy
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Tsez, Dido
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 11555
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southern Dagestan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dido (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dido 15,000
For Primary Language: Dido

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Hope for Europe  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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