The Didoi (Tsez) live in Dagestan. They speak their own language. The Tsez were evangelized by Georgian missionaries in the 4th and 5th centuries. From the 15th century they were forced to take Islam as their religion.
They are a simple people who are beekeepers and make honey. They raise cows and have small family businesses.
Men do definite types of work and they consider domestic work the woman's job. The husband heads the family, but the wife is the homemaker. Their village used to be located in the mountains, and was difficult to get to. The center of the village was where the mosque was usually located.
They have an animistic worldview and celebrate nature holidays. They believe in genies, evil spirits, witchcraft and demons.
They are Muslim/Sunnite, but are influenced by animism.
* Pray that as they leave the mountains and move to more easily accessible places and will be exposed to the Gospel.
* Pray that the Tsez would experience the power of the Holy Spirit that is greater than their evil spirits.
* Pray that their eyes would be open to see that Jesus wants to break the curses of the evil spirits. (Gal.3:13)
|Profile Source: Hope for Europe|
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-19|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-21|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-24|
|People Name General||Didoi, Tsez|
|People Name in Country||Didoi, Tsez|
|Population in Russia||18,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||0 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Dido, Tsez, Tsezy|
|Region||Eastern Europe and Eurasia|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, several villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.01 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|