Dargin in Turkmenistan


Population
2,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Dargins are from the North Caucasus Mountains of southwestern Russia. Prior to the Russian annexation of their region, the Dargin people were great architects. They were noted for their artistic talent displayed in their buildings. Like the other people groups of this mountainous region, the Dargins have suffered from numerous invasions by Persians, Arabs, Huns, and Russians through the centuries.

The Dargins are not just one people group but have 17-19 nearly mutually unintelligible languages, with an additional 40 dialects. Their name, Dargwa, actually means "free, distinct societies/communities". In the early 20th century they were "collected" into a greater Dargin region. During the Soviet Era, the Dargins became almost completely literate in the Russian language. Before that time, only the elite were able to learn letters, and this was in Arabic.


Where Are they Located?

Though most Dargins still live in the North Caucasus Mountains (specifically in Dagestan), some have moved to other former Soviet states such as Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dargin people live primarily by farming, but some have supplemented their incomes through crafts, stone-working, tanning, and metal-working. Many raise livestock, especially in places like Turkmenistan where the land is good for grazing.

Like the other peoples of the North Caucasus, the Dargins have been used and abused by outsiders for centuries. As a result, they are highly suspicious of any outsider who comes to their villages, be they in Dagestan or Turkmenistan. They have adapted to their vulnerable situation by living in mountainous areas and staying away from outsiders and their ideas. It will take someone many years to win the trust of this people group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam began to arrive in the Dargins homeland in the 8th century, but it was not generally accepted until the 15th century. Today they are officially Sunni Muslim, but there is a great deal of syncretism in their beliefs. They practice magic and try to ward off evil through rituals. They have various rituals for the seasons, but the most important ceremony has to do with the first furrow in their plowing. They have sacred trees and groves.

As Muslims, they believe that death is predetermined by faith. There is an afterlife, and day of judgment, heaven and hell. Their funerals follow Islamic rites with prayers for the deceased and memorials on the 40th or 52 days after the death.


What Are Their Needs?

Dargin people need to experience and internalize the grace, mercy and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ so they can be free to live an abundant life.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Dargin people to hunger for the eternal Kingdom of God.
* Pray for them to experience and internalize God's grace and mercy, and share it with others.
* Pray for a powerful Disciple-Making movement to flourish among the Dargins and other people groups who have migrated to Turkmenistan.


References

http://minorityrights.org/minorities/dargins/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Muslim-Dargin-people-of-Russia/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dargins
http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/historians-british-biographies/dargins
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11505/KZ


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Dargin
People Name in Country Dargin
Population in Turkmenistan 2,700
World Population 452,100
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Darghin, Dargwa
People ID 11505
ROP3 Code 102454
Country Turkmenistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Turkmenistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Dargwa
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa
Primary Language Dargwa
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa

Primary Language:  Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2002–2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dargwa
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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