Tofalar in Russia

The Tofalar have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

The Tofalar people are also known as the Tofa or Tof people. Their language is Turkic based, but it is also related to the languages of other local tribes.

Until the communist era, the Tofalar people were reindeer herders and hunters. They never developed modern ways of trapping game; instead they relied on pitfalls.

Their families were patrilineal, meaning that they traced their descent from the father's line. They did not marry within the same clan. They were nomads, and each clan herded in a particular place. At times they worked together for their common needs.

Their food included the milk and meat from reindeer as well as meat from geese, ducks, and wild animals that they hunted. Part of their economy has been related to furs and skins. They would trade furs and skins for flour, alcohol, salt, sugar, tea, and cloth.


Where Are they Located?

The Tofalar people live in the eastern Sayan Mountains near the Nenet people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Russian communists put a stop to their traditional lifestyle and forced them on to permanent villages with Russian-style wood houses. This situation allowed them to farm potatoes and other root vegetables. Today they are involved with cooperative fur farming. Others are shepherds or common laborers.

They did not have a written language until 1989. At that time schools included instruction in the Tofalar language. This might keep their language from dying out like those of many of the other tribes of Russia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like the other tribal peoples of this region, they are shamanistic. This means that they believe in a host of spirits that will only respond to the shaman.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tofalar people need to have the chance to advance their economy through higher education.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tofalar in Russia.

* Pray for the lives and culture of the Tofalar people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Tofalar people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Tofalar people would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Tofalar people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofalar
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tofalar
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/tofalar
https://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/tofalars.shtml
https://1baikal.ru/en/o-bajkale/kultura-i-etnos/tofalars-and-soyots-the-peoples-lost-around-baikal
http://lingsib.iea.ras.ru/en/languages/tofa.shtml


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-03-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-03-14
People Name General Tofalar
People Name in Country Tofalar
World Population 800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karagas; Tofalars
People ID 14799
ROP3 Code 108768
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nizhniyudinsk region of the Irkutsk Oblast. The area where they live is known as Tofalaria. Their main villages are spread through the Sayan mountains, and are called, Alygdjer, Verkhnaya Gutara and Herkha.   Source:  Field worker
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nizhniyudinsk region of the Irkutsk Oblast. The area where they live is known as Tofalaria. Their main villages are spread through the Sayan mountains, and are called, Alygdjer, Verkhnaya Gutara and Herkha..   Source:  Field worker
Primary Language Russian
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Karagas
Primary Language Russian
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Karagas
People Groups Speaking Russian

Primary Language:  Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1680-2011)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
General Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more