Yakut in Ukraine

Population

280

Christian

15.0%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

Although the Yakut have officially been included as part of the Ewenki nationality in China, they have their own language and customs. They identify themselves as "Yakut" to outsiders.


History

In the late 1800s a small Yakut group migrated from far inside the Yakutia region of Siberia, stopping first in the Buriat region before finally proceeding into China. They are the ancestors of today's Yakut in China.


Customs

The Yakut live uncomplicated, seminomadic lives, tending reindeer and dwelling in simple tents. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the Yakut of China. In fact, it is so prevalent that the number of murders, early deaths, and suicides attributable to alcohol abuse may seriously jeopardize the future of this small group. Around the world the Yakut are renowned for their strong, hardy, massive Yakut draft horses from Siberia.


Religion

The Yakut are shamanists. In the late 1800s anthropologist Waldemar Jochelson vividly described a Yakut religious ceremony: "A shaman has come to heal a sick woman, whose soul has been captured by evil spirits. He has put himself into a trance by inhaling tobacco, dancing, and beating his drum. Now his soul will travel to the spirit world and do battle in order to retrieve the woman's soul and thus restore her. His assistant holds the shaman by a chain so that if he gets lost or trapped in the spirit world he can be pulled back. Some of the flat iron pendants on the shaman's robe represent bird feathers, which allow the shaman's soul to fly. ... As the shaman dances, the noise made by these pieces and by the copper bells and rattles on the robe, as well as the sound of his drum and singing, help summon the spirits."


Christianity

Although the Yakut in Russia were evangelized by Russian Orthodox missionaries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, few experienced a living faith in Christ. In 1996 four evangelists traveled to the Yakut in China, taking with them a gospel recording of Bible stories in the Yakut language from Russia. The recipients were overjoyed to hear their own language.



Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Yakut
People Name in Country Yakut
Population in Ukraine 280
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aoluguya, Ewenki, Sakha
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Ural-Siberian
People Name General Yakut
Ethnic Code MSY41m
Country Ukraine
Continent Europe
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window No

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yakut (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yakut 300
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Yakut
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
15%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
85.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
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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