Yakut in Russia


Population
480,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

Although the Yakut have officially been included as part of the Ewenki nationality in China, they have their own language and customs. They identify themselves as "Yakut" to outsiders.


History

In the late 1800s a small Yakut group migrated from far inside the Yakutia region of Siberia, stopping first in the Buriat region before finally proceeding into China. They are the ancestors of today's Yakut in China.


Customs

The Yakut live uncomplicated, seminomadic lives, tending reindeer and dwelling in simple tents. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the Yakut of China. In fact, it is so prevalent that the number of murders, early deaths, and suicides attributable to alcohol abuse may seriously jeopardize the future of this small group. Around the world the Yakut are renowned for their strong, hardy, massive Yakut draft horses from Siberia.


Religion

The Yakut are shamanists. In the late 1800s anthropologist Waldemar Jochelson vividly described a Yakut religious ceremony: "A shaman has come to heal a sick woman, whose soul has been captured by evil spirits. He has put himself into a trance by inhaling tobacco, dancing, and beating his drum. Now his soul will travel to the spirit world and do battle in order to retrieve the woman's soul and thus restore her. His assistant holds the shaman by a chain so that if he gets lost or trapped in the spirit world he can be pulled back. Some of the flat iron pendants on the shaman's robe represent bird feathers, which allow the shaman's soul to fly. ... As the shaman dances, the noise made by these pieces and by the copper bells and rattles on the robe, as well as the sound of his drum and singing, help summon the spirits."


Christianity

Although the Yakut in Russia were evangelized by Russian Orthodox missionaries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, few experienced a living faith in Christ. In 1996 four evangelists traveled to the Yakut in China, taking with them a gospel recording of Bible stories in the Yakut language from Russia. The recipients were overjoyed to hear their own language.


Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

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People Name General Yakut
People Name in Country Yakut
Population in Russia 480,000
World Population 482,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aoluguya, Ewenki, Sakha
People ID 18726
ROP3 Code 114361
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sakha, near Arctic Ocean, the length of middle Lena River, Aldan and Kolyma rivers, 3220 km   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sakha, near Arctic Ocean, the length of middle Lena River, Aldan and Kolyma rivers, 3220 km.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Yakut (480,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: sah   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Yakut (480,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: sah   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Yakut

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1858-2000)
New Testament Yes   (1858-2004)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Yakut
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: West Siberian Peoples  
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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