Kaitag in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Kaitag only in Russia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"What language are you speaking?" the spice seller asked us at the Thursday market in Manas-Kent, Dagestan. "We're speaking English," we replied. "And what language were you speaking?" we asked. "Dargin," he said. Our introductions continued, with my Russian host trying out the short phrases of Dargin he has collected. We sniffed each type of chebretz (dried herbs & mountain grasses for tea), and chose our preferred flavors. He exclaimed, "Oh, THAT grass is from MY village!" which led to our question, "Where is that?" "Well, you know how I said I speak Dargin. But really, I am Kaitag! My home language is the Kaitag language. Those grasses are from my home village of Madjalis! You will have the healthiest tea in all of Dagestan," he boasted.

Muktar, proudly escorting us as his new guests, walked us to our car even checking to make sure the tires were OK. He helped load our meat and purchases into the trunk. He wrapped his arm around the driver and in a nose-to-nose whisper said, "It's essential that you live for God, dear brother. You must set your life apart for God." We exchanged phone numbers in hopes that a time would come when his sincere invitation to "come to our village" could be taken up. Getting there is complicated – so many little moments have to line up just so. Being among the Kaitag is like their embroidery – requiring relational precision, and alignment of timing and permissions – difficult, but when it comes together, Beautiful!

When a Muslim Sufi mystic says your life must be set apart for God, the door is wide open to talk about the fullness of God's Word – that to be fully set apart, the prophets pointed us to trust in Isa (Jesus) as the way, the truth, the light. In our hearts, we must set apart Christ as Lord (1 Peter 3:15).

Prayer Points

Pray for the light of Christ to come into the 24 Kaitag villages: Madjalis (Kaitag capital), Sanchi, Gazeya, Karatsan, Barshamai, Jhibakhni, Jhavgat, Jhirabachi, Kulidjha, Adaga, Antil', Varseet, Kirki, Gool'bii, Shileyagi, Shilansha, Khungeya, Akhmedkent, Surgeya, Mizhigli, Dooregi, Bazhlukh, Mashatlii, and Pilyaki.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-18
People Name General Kaitag
People Name in Country Kaitag
Population in Russia 21,000
World Population 21,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Kaitag
Ethnic Code CEW17
People ID 20322
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North Caucasus mountain region.   Source:  Field worker
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dargwa (21,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dargwa 21,000
For Primary Language: Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1996-2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Jesus Film: view in Dargwa Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
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
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: North Caucasus Ethnolinguistic Groups   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: provided by NCRP  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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