Karata in Russia

The Karata have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

From the rushing waters of the Andiskie Koisu River at the lower Karata village of Nizhni Inkhelo, the mountains catapult upward to the east in the Karata region. Just three miles in, the mountains already tower to nearly 7000 feet. Add another three miles and the mountain ridge to the south reaches 8500 feet.

Where Are they Located?

The 6400 Karata people in western Dagestan live in 10 major villages in this mountainous region and speak their distinctive Karata [accent on last syllable] language. The Karata have been Sunni Muslim for more than 500 years and are defensive of their Muslim traditions.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The most famous mountain in the Karata region is rendered by translation—The Eye of the Needle. Unlike the Rich Young Ruler story in the Gospels, the Karata are not plagued by riches. But other factors in the Karata world make it difficult for them—like 'through the eye of a needle'—to find their way into the kingdom of Jesus' grace. Pride & defense of tradition & penalties against violating 'collective conformity' are three major barriers in front of a Karata person who would consider a new spiritual option.

On the other hand, in mountain Dagestani cultures such as the Karata there is a deep, abiding hunger for: 1) unselfish overflowing love and 2) for true spiritual power. A courageous person will even go through the eye of a needle when they find the pure love that their heart has been longing for. We know many stories such as this from within Dagestan. But it has not yet happened for the first Karata person.

Prayer Points

* Pray for a first 'Cornelius' or 'Lydia' among the Karata to courageously respond to the resurrection power of Jesus.
* Pray for loving Christian friends to honor the Karata language and culture and become 'bridge people' into Karata relationships. Acts 10:1-48 Luke 10:6-7 Acts 16:13-15
* Pray that the Word of God will be infused into Karata culture by creative linguistic efforts, and find its way into receptive Karata hearts.
2017 UPDATE!--in early 2017 a new, small effort is underway to translate The Lord's Prayer into Karata! Pray for this effort. Luke 18:1-8

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People Name General Karata
People Name in Country Karata
Population in Russia 6,500
World Population 6,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Karatai
People ID 12532
ROP3 Code 104651
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Akhvakhsky district. 9 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Akhvakhsky district. 9 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Karata
Language Code kpt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Karata
Primary Language Karata
Language Code kpt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Karata

Primary Language:  Karata

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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