Ewenki, Tungus in Russia

Population

38,900

Christian

10%

Evangelical

1.2%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Identity

The Tungus Ewenki - also known as the Khamnigan Ewenki - are one of four people groups combined to form the official Ewenki nationality in China. Each group speaks a different language and has varying customs. It is believed that the Ewenki were originally tribes or clans in Russia who migrated into China at different times 300 to 400 years ago.

Approximately 1,000 of the 1,600 Tungus Ewenki are able to speak their language. One scholar describes the language as "endangered in China and possibly extinct in Mongolia and Russia." For now, it is still spoken in the homes of two-thirds of Tungus Ewenki children, most of whom can also speak the local variety of Mongolian and Chinese.


History

The forefathers of the Ewenki lived in the forests north and east of Lake Baikal in Siberia and along the upper reaches of the Heilong River. They had a close relationship with the Northern Shiweis during the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534) and the Ju tribe at the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). "In the mid-1600s, aggression by Tsarist Russia led the Qing government in China to move the Ewenkis to the area around the tributaries of the Nenjiang River in the Hinggan Mountains. In 1732, 1,600 Ewenki soldiers and their dependents were moved to the Hulunbuir grasslands."


Customs

The Tungus Ewenki live in nimor, or clans, which are groups of three to ten blood families. Some Tungus Ewenki live deep within the forests. Others have chosen to live on the grasslands where they have been influenced by Mongolian culture.


Religion

Many of the Tungus Ewenki who have experienced prolonged interaction with Mongolians have been converted to Tibetan Buddhism. The remainder practice shamanism, an ancient form of witchcraft and spiritism. The Tungus are also the only Ewenki group in China known to contain Christians.


Christianity

Various sources agree that there are approximately 100 Ewenki Christians in Chenbaehru. The Tungus Ewenki believers are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, "because of the profound influence of Shamanism, they worship the statue of Jesus and other idols together. Priests of the Eastern Orthodox Church also participate in the religious activities of the Ewenkis."



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Country Russia
Continent Asia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Yenisei in the west to Sea of Okhotsk in the east.
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People Name General Ewenki, Solon
People Name in Country Ewenki, Tungus
ROP3 Code 114054
Joshua Project People ID 18453
Indigenous Yes
Population in Russia 38,900
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Evenki, Evenks, Ewenke, Ewenki, Manchurian Solon, Owenke, Solon, Solon Evenki, Suolun, Tungus,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Evenki: Zeya-bureya 38,864
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Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Altaic
People Name General Ewenki, Solon
Ethnic Code MSY41i
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
15.00%
Christianity
10%    ( Evangelical  1.2% )
Ethnic Religions
65.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
10.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
100.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Norwegian Polar Institute
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