Ghunzib, Hunzib in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Ghunzib, Hunzib only in Russia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Hunzib live in west Dagestan in the Caucasus, and also in Georgia. The Hunzib have their own language, but also speak the languages of neighboring nations.

In the 4th-5th centuries they were evangelized by Georgian missionaries, but from the 15th-18th century they became Muslims. In 1813 this territory became part of Russia because of a contract between Iran and Russia.

They are mainly cattle breeders, and raise cows, goats, sheep, horses and donkeys. They farm potatoes and corn. The Hunzib make many things from wool. The men and women of this region have their work separated by gender. There is a patriarch style of living. Family problems are usually taken to the mullah or the priest of the mosque. The mosque is usually located in the center of the village. This people group is very supportive of one another including their distant family. The husband controls the family, but the women are over the domestic things.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslim/Sunnite, but also worship nature with big celebrations such as jumping through the fire and singing folk songs.

Prayer Points

* Pray God would pour out His spirit on this people group and expose the lies of animism, which is full of their traditions and rituals.
* Pray that they would worship the one true God, their Creator, not creation.
* Pray for God's strategy for this people group, so that missionaries could go and have an inroad to evangelize them.

Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-15
People Name General Ghunzib, Hunzib
People Name in Country Ghunzib, Hunzib
Population in Russia 1,900
World Population 1,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Ghunzib, Hunzib
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 18760
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southern Dagestan, Tsuntin District, Nakhada, Gunzib and Garbutl; Kizilyurt District, Stalskoe.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hunzib (1,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hunzib 1,900
For Primary Language: Hunzib

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

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

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
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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