Kazakh in Belarus


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Introduction / History

Traditionally the Kazaks were semi nomadic, equestrian tribal people who roamed the Ural Mountains and the regions of northern and Central Asia of Eurasia. As several of the clans formed a federation for mutual protection, they took on an ethnic identity of their own. Kazakh ethnic identity accelerated during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Since then, Kazakhs have preserved their culture in part by keeping a tradition of oral history.During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the annexation of Central Asia by Russia and the Soviet Union respectively, resulted in many Kazakhs fleeing the steppes to Europe and Asia, with many later becoming citizens of other countries. Among these were ones who fled to Belarus, where they still live today.Since 1991, the government of Kazakhstan, as part of their nation building strategy, has actively supported the return migration of ‘oralman’, (the Kazakh word for those in diaspora), by offering incentives to lure them into settling in Kazakhstan. As a result, one million ethnic Kazakhs have repatriated to their ancestral homeland. This might be one of the reasons there are so few Kazakhs in Belarus today.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As the Kazakhs dispersed during the Soviet annexation, the diaspora Kazakhs, over time, embraced the language and traditions of the land they emigrated to. Most of the Kazakhs in Belarus speak the local language and Russian.Most live in an urban environment in houses or small apartments, taking up low paid jobs. Western style dress is common among the urban Kazakhs.No matter where they live the Kazakhs have their own cuisine along with the local one. Besbarmak is a traditional Kazakh food, made with boiled lamb. Rice and bread are common staples. The Kazakhs enjoy eating apples, grapes, melons, and tomatoes. They have tea with almost every meal.The structure of the Kazakh family is patriarchal, or male-dominated, but this is gradually changing. Such changes have caused a breakdown in the traditional Kazakh family. However, Kazakhs still retain an extremely hierarchical view. Elderly people those with high positions are given great respect and honor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kazakhs are Sunni Muslims and the second largest Muslim group of Central Asia. Islam was first introduced to them in the early eighth century. Their Islamic practices are combined with traditional folk religions such as shamanism, animism and ancestor worship. Many Kazakhs, no matter where they live, continue to consult shamans (priests who communicate with the spirits). They also practice traditional rituals before and after marriage, at birth and at death. Many of them wear protection beads and talisman to ward off the evil spirits and the evil eye.Since 1818 missionary efforts by various Christian organizations has borne fruit among the Kazakhs. Today, the entire Bible, in modern translation, is available in the country. Hopefully Kazakhs in Belarus are accessing these materials online.


What Are Their Needs?

The few Kazakhs in Belarus need the chance to make Jesus the center of their lives.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kazakh in Belarus.

Ask the Lord to send long term laborers to live among Kazakhs in Belarus and share the love of Christ with them.Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Kazakhs so that they will be receptive to the gospel.Pray that Christian businessmen will have open doors to share the gospel.Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will plant other churches among Kazakhs and other Muslims in Belarus.Pray that Kazakh missionaries will willingly preach the gospel to Kazakhs wherever they live and teach them to obey Christ’s commandments.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

The Kazakhs of Central Asia
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Kazakhs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Kazakh
People Name in Country Kazakh
Pronunciation KAH-zahk
Population this Country 2,300
Population all Countries 17,128,000
Total Countries 25
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gazaqi; Hazake; Kazax; Qazaq; Qazaqi; कॅज़ॅक
People ID 12599
ROP3 Code 104791
Country Belarus
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belarus
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Kazakh (2,300 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kazakh (2,300 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kazakh

Primary Language:  Kazakh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-2008)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1820-2011)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jans Testimony
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kazakh
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
60.00 %
Non-Religious
40.00 %
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 Petar Milošević - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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