Ossete in Turkey



Introduction / History

The Ossetians call themselves "Irons" or "Digorons," and are one of the oldest Caucasian peoples. When the Iranian speaking tribes (Alans, Scythes and Sarmats) settled there, the local population took their language and many cultural features. The Alans and the Ossetians started the formation of the Ossetians. This alliance was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatars, and the Alans were driven from the plains to the mountain ravines, part of them moving to the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus where they still live. Like other Caucasian peoples, they preserve and develop their traditions, customs and holidays. These are remembered in tales, proverbs and songs that depict the centuries-long history of the Ossetian people.

Most Ossetians live in North Ossetia (capitol is Vladikavkaz) and a large number also live in the Republic of Georgia. A smaller number are in South Ossetia (surrounded on three sides by Georgia). The Ossetians and Georgians have a long relationship and share some of their customs. There are also numbers of this group in Kabardin-Balkaria and the Stavropol Region of Russia. North Ossetia and South Ossetia straddle the northern border of Georgia. Most of the Ossetians professed Christianity that came from the Byzantine Empire and Georgia during the sixth and seventh centuries. Islam spread into Ossetia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Ossetians are Orthodox. A large number profess Islam (Sunni).


Prayer Points

* Proclaim Scripture verses that these people are known and loved by God and that He wants none of them to perish.
* Pray the Scriptures that whole families will turn to Christ.
* Pray that Christianity will be remembered in their traditions and the people will be attracted to the Gospel.
* Pray that the Spirit will multiply the believers.


Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  

People Name General Ossete
People Name in Country Ossete
Population in Turkey 37,000
World Population 597,000
Countries 16
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Allagir, Digorons, Iron, Tagaur, Western Ossete, Western Ossetian
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Persian
People Name General Ossete
Ethnic Code CNT24e
People ID 14229
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Digor dialect reportedly in Bitlis and another small town west; Iron dialect Sarikamis and Erzerum towns and cities; also in Mugla, Kars, Antalya. May be in Syria.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ossetic (37,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ossetic 37,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1848-1984)
New Testament Yes   (1848-2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (2010)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Osetin
General Got Questions Ministry

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
94.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
90.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division  
Profile Source: Hope for Europe  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Get Involved
Register ministry activity for this group

Copyright © 2014 Joshua Project.  A ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission.