Ossetic in Georgia


Population
34,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Ossetians call themselves "Irons" or "Digorons," and are one of the oldest Caucasian peoples. When the Iranian speaking tribes (Alans, Scythes and Sarmats) settled there, the local population took their language and many cultural features. The Alans and the Ossetians started the formation of the Ossetians. This alliance was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatars, and the Alans were driven from the plains to the mountain ravines, part of them moving to the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus where they still live. Like other Caucasian peoples, they preserve and develop their traditions, customs and holidays. These are remembered in tales, proverbs and songs that depict the centuries-long history of the Ossetian people.

Most Ossetians live in North Ossetia (capitol is Vladikavkaz) and a large number also live in the Republic of Georgia. A smaller number are in South Ossetia (surrounded on three sides by Georgia). The Ossetians and Georgians have a long relationship and share some of their customs. There are also numbers of this group in Kabardin-Balkaria and the Stavropol Region of Russia. North Ossetia and South Ossetia straddle the northern border of Georgia. Most of the Ossetians professed Christianity that came from the Byzantine Empire and Georgia during the sixth and seventh centuries. Islam spread into Ossetia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Ossetians are Orthodox. A large number profess Islam (Sunni).


Prayer Points

* Proclaim Scripture verses that these people are known and loved by God and that He wants none of them to perish.
* Pray the Scriptures that whole families will turn to Christ.
* Pray that Christianity will be remembered in their traditions and the people will be attracted to the Gospel.
* Pray that the Spirit will multiply the believers.


Profile Source:   Hope for Europe  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Ossetic
People Name in Country Ossetic
Population in Georgia 34,000
World Population 587,100
Total Countries 12
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Allagir, Digorons, Iron, Tagaur, Western Ossete, Western Ossetian
People ID 14229
ROP3 Code 107699
Country Georgia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Imereti region: Sachkhere municipality; Kvemo Kartli region: small border areas near T’bilisi; Mtskheta-Mtianeti region: Akhalagori and Mtskheta municipalities; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region: Oni municipality; Shida Kartli region: Gori and Tskhinvali municipalities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Georgia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Imereti region: Sachkhere municipality; Kvemo Kartli region: small border areas near T’bilisi; Mtskheta-Mtianeti region: Akhalagori and Mtskheta municipalities; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region: Oni municipality; Shida Kartli region: Gori and Tskhinvali municipalities..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Ossetic   People group listing
Language Code: oss   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Ossetic   People group listing
Language Code: oss   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Ossetic

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1848-1984)
New Testament Yes   (1848-2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (2010)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ossetic
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
55.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
40.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
90.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division  
Profile Source: Hope for Europe  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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