Batlukh in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Batlukh only in Russia






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Main Language


Introduction / History

Strong Women. The Avar Gid [pronounced 'Geed'] woman proudly commented, "We women do almost all the work and the men do almost nothing." "How do you put up with that?" the cultural observer asked. "Oh, if we waited for the men to do the work, then nothing would get done!"

Strong separation of male and female in society and in work roles is the way not only of the Batlukh/Gid peoples and the Avar, but of all mountain peoples in Dagestan. 'Transgression' of these strict separate roles is enforced by shame. For example, one mountain village in Dagestan is known as 'The Village Where a Man Milked a Cow." That is a shameful designation. Women's work covers everything related to the house, the harvest, and the animals. Men are responsible for plowing, sowing & cutting hay; and for security and travel. One objective observer in a Dagestani mountain village concluded that the strict division of labor leaves about 70% in the women's category and 30% in the men's category. The locals would say, "That's the way it's always been." Yes, life is hard for Dagestani village women. Grace is needed.

The closely-related Batlukh, Gid language groups are located in the central highlands of the Avar region of Dagestan, spreading out in villages on both sides of the mountainous Avar-Koisu River—Batlukh to the west of the river, and Gid to the east of the river. The languages are in the Avar language family, but are so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible from dominant Avar. This region has been fiercely Muslim for hundreds of years.

Where Are they Located?

Names of Batlukh villages [west of river]:
Verkhnii Batlukh, Nizhnii Batlukh, Andiikh, Mogokh, Zanata, Assab, Golotl', Nakitl', Koroda, Kara-dakh and Kheb-da

Names of Gid villages [east of river]:
Goor-Khindakh, Nizhnii Kolob, Goor, Ka-khib, Kho-toda, Urada , Ti-dib, Gen-ta, Ma-chada, Khin-dakh, Ru-gel'da, So-moda, Gidatl', Urukh-Sota, Novi Urada, Sa-chada, Tlyakh and Khu-chada

Prayer Points

* Pray for the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the infusing strength of the Holy Spirit (II Cor.13:14) to come to the Batlukh and Gid villages. There are many historic strengths in these cultures and qualities of beauty, but the Fruit of the Spirit is deeply needed to release locked-up potential.
* Pray for bridges of true friendship to be built from representatives of Jesus' grace to friends within these villages-Matt.9:36-38.
* Pray for courage among 'People of Peace' (Luke 10:6) to respond to the Gospel--Acts 16:30.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-04
People Name General Batlukh
People Name in Country Batlukh
Population in Russia 49,000
World Population 49,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Batlukh
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 20469
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Avar: Batlux (49,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Avar: Batlux 49,000
For Primary Language: Avar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1979-2007)
New Testament Yes   (2008)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Jesus Film: view in Avar 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
0.00 %
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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  
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