Akhvakh in Russia

The Akhvakh have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

The mullah wrote the Arabic Qu'ran verses with ink pen on a piece of paper, soaked the paper in a cup of water until the ink dissolved in the water and then had the ill girl drink the water, accompanied by memorized Arabic incantations. The ten-year-old girl had been seriously ill for a week with intestinal turmoil and difficulty swallowing, and the family had asked for this special 'folk Islam' ritual.

In a nearby town an Akhvakh family, who had been bothered by a troubling spiritual presence in their home and a string of bad luck, called upon the local exorcist to come and engage in ritualistic work to at first appease the troubling spirits and then seek to overpower and expel them from the family dwelling.

Throughout all the peoples of Dagestan such folk Islam practices are widespread and exist alongside official Islam and its Five Pillars. One Dagestani scholar suggests that such animistic 'folk Islamic' practices are especially strong among the Akhvakh, although not much less so among the other 33 language groups of Dagestan.


Where Are they Located?

The Akhvakh of Dagestan, with their own distinct language, live in 9 major villages or towns in the mountainous region of west central Dagestan, and also in several Akhvakh enclaves in Dagestani urban areas. Names of Akhvakh villages: Tsvakilkolo, Kvankero, Tadmagitl', Kudiyab-roso, Izano, Lologonitl', Tliyanub, Tsekob and Rat-lyub


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Akhvakh in Russia.

* Pray that this same empowered love will find entrance deep into Akhvakh culture. – Good news: in the lowland region of Dagestan, an Akhvakh mother and her teenage daughter have recently come to Jesus; these are the first two known Akhvakh believers.
* Pray for representatives of Jesus' matchless grace to become true friends of Akhvakh culture, honoring and helping preserve the unique Akhvakh language.
* Pray for doors to open for simple prayer in love in the name of Jesus, as His Word goes out with signs and wonders following (Heb.2:4).
* Pray for the two female Akhvakh believers in their relationships with their Akhvakh family & clan relationships—II Cor. 2:14-15.


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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-25
People Name General Akhvakh
People Name in Country Akhvakh
World Population 6,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Akhwakh, Axvax
People ID 10224
ROP3 Code 100187
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Akhvakhsky district, 6 villages; Kakhib county. 3 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Akhvakhsky district, 6 villages; Kakhib county. 3 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Akhvakh (6,800 speakers)
Language Code akv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Akhvakh (6,800 speakers)
Language Code akv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akhvakh

Primary Language:  Akhvakh

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source provided by NCRP  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more