Khvarshin, Khwarshi in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Khvarshin only in Russia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Khvarshin (Khwarshi) live in Dagestan. After 1926 they were considered a separate ethnic group. They have their own language with a small dialect. They also speak Avar and Tindi.

In 1944 the Khwarshi were moved by force to Chechnya. In 1957 part of them returned to their half destroyed villages, and part of them moved to the valleys of Dagestan. Their government is set up with the elders of the village and the spiritual Muslim leader ruling along with a town crier. Their court is set up based on the rules in the shariat.

They are farmers and raise cattle and sheep. They make various products from wool. They also make shoes and wooden furniture. They are very industrious people, and the work is separated by gender.

Some of the Khwarshi families are very large, and are close even to the fourth generation. The family members support each other morally and financially. The head of the family is the eldest. At an early age the men shave their heads, and then later when they are married grow a beard. Also, the older women shave their heads and leave only hair in the front. This is their tradition.

Their villages are located in the mountains and are geographically difficult to get to. They celebrate religious holidays like Mohammed's birthday, and the end of their month long fast. Almost every village has educated people who fluently speak Arabic languages, and can translate the local language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslim/Sunnite, but also practice shamanism and animism.

Prayer Points

* Pray for ministry strategies that will help churches to be a unified stronghold in the midst of this Muslim region, and that God would give openness and hunger to the Khwarshi for the Gospel.
* Pray that God would draw these Muslim Khwarshi peoples to His Son, Jesus, whom the Koran recognizes as a Prophet of God.
* Pray God would remove the deception of Animism and Shamanism.

Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  

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People Name General Khvarshin
People Name in Country Khvarshin, Khwarshi
Population in Russia 1,800
World Population 1,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Khwarshi
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Khvarshin
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 12672
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwestern Dagestan, Tsumadinsky district, Khvarshi (Atl'ilqo), Inkhokvari (I'qqo), Santlada (Zotluho), Kvantlada (K'otloqo), Khonokh (Ghnho) villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Khvarshi

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

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