Gorani means Highlanders, but this people group also has several other names: "Našinci" which literally means "our people." They are also known among the neighboring Albanians as Torbeshë and Poturë. They speak the Gora dialect, which is known by many Gorani as Našinski.
The Gora region, and thus the Gorani people, have been claimed by Bosniaks, Serbs, Bulgarians, and recently Macedonians, but the general view is that they should be treated as a distinct minority group. Some are now culturally Albanian.
The Gora region comprises Dragaš municipality in Kosovo, Shishtavec municipality in Albania and the area around the Šar Mountains in Macedonia. They live in the mountainous intersection of Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.
The Gorani tend to stay among themselves and they seldom inter-marry with other ethnic groups. Because of harassment, some Gorani people do not send their children to local schools. They are noted for being excellent bakers and confectioners which might possibly attract other people groups to their communities.
The Gorani people are Muslims, but their traditions and customs are full of pre-Islamic elements. During wedding festivities, the bride is carried on a white horse covered with a scarf and an umbrella that is decorated for the occasion. The bride accompanies her family to the neighbor's house of the future husband.
Still, Islam is a central part of their identity, especially in Macedonia where they define themselves by the Islamic religion.
The Gorani people need to put their identity in Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead the Gorani from darkness to light.
Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.
Scripture Prayers for the Gorani in Albania.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Other PDF Profile|
|People Name General||Gorani|
|People Name in Country||Gorani|
|Population this Country||34,000|
|Population all Countries||54,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Gora region - the triangle between Albania, Kosovo, and Republic of Macedonia. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorani_people|
Primary Language: Serbian
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1563-1997)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible||General / Other|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Serbian||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Love letter to you from scripture||Father's Love Letter|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Rivka video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Serbian||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Serbian||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|