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Introduction / History
The Ginukh are part of the Avar-Andi-Dido (Tsez) world from Western Daghestan. They live in the Village of Ginukh nestled in the foothills of the Western mountain slope of southeastern Daghestan. They have their own language, but they speak several of the languages of the region. These people are cattle and sheep herders, bee keepers and hunters. Fathers are authoritarian head of the household; his wife is the housekeeper. Wives and mothers are respected.
They have strong economic and political relations with the Republic of Georgia. In the Middle Ages they were evangelized by Christians. In the 18th Century they converted to Islam. Yet, they also believe in magic and occult beliefs of the forefathers. They also believe in a spirit of Nature, and practice some animism.
The Ginukh live in the village located in the "three corners" area where Georgia, Azerbaijan and Daghestan borders come together. Village elders are the main organ of leadership in the community. An Islamic Mullah is their judge.
What are Their Beliefs?
The Ginukh are Sunni Muslims.
* Pray for their welfare and for the young people going into the world, that they will not be attracted to worldly pursuits.
* Pray for church growth and influence in the Caucasus.
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