Gorani in Serbia

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Introduction / History

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

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 they define themselves by the Islamic religion.

What Are Their Needs?

The Gorani people need to put their identity in Jesus Christ, the King of kings.

Prayer Points

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 Serbia.



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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-16
People Name General Gorani
People Name in Country Gorani
Pronunciation go-RAH-nee
Alternate Names Gorans
Population this Country 5,000
Population all Countries 54,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18765
ROP3 Code 114431
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
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96.00 %
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Primary Language Serbian (5,000 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Serbian (5,000 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Serbian

Primary Language:  Serbian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1564-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1563-1997)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1804-2015)
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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
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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
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Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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