Siberian Tomsk Tatar in Russia

The Tomsk Tatar, Siberian have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

The Tomsk Tatars live in southwestern Siberia east of the Ural Mountains and north of Kazakhstan. The people of the south Siberia came under the control of the Mongols in the 13th century. As a result, they accepted and took on many aspects of the Mongol culture. The Tatars of the region accepted Islam in 1394. The Russian Empire gained control over the southwest Siberia in the late 16th century. The Siberian Tatars receive their education in Russian language schools. However, they have maintained the use of their own language and belief in Islam to the present day. The Siberian Tatar language was put into Cyrillic script in 1939. It is unknown whether any Scripture has been translated into Siberian Tatar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In traditional Tatar culture, the men fished, hunted and raised animals for their livelihood. Women raised crops of barley, potatoes and peas during the short summers. Since the founding of the Soviet Union in the early 20th century, the Siberian Tatars have been "Russified" or incorporated into the dominant Russian culture. The Tatars learned to speak Russian, joined the Red Army, worked in Soviet factories and on Soviet collective farms. Stalin viewed the Tatars with suspicion because of their practice of Islam. Many Siberian Tartars were forcibly removed from their homeland and sent to live in other parts of the Soviet Union. A number of Siberian Tatars won accolades as military heroes in WW2. Horses remain a big part of Tatar society. The Tartars still use horses for transportation and recreation. Meat and dairy products are a major part of the Tartars’ diet. During their Tatar festivals, they wear colorful traditional clothing, dance and sing Tatar songs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast portion of the Siberian Tartars claim to be Sunni Muslim. Some have no religious beliefs. The Sunnis are the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. The Tatars often celebrate Christian holidays too.


What Are Their Needs?

The Siberian Tatars need to see that trusting in Christ as their Lord and Savior will not make them any less a Tatar. Isa or Jesus is much more than the prophet that He is alleged to be in Islam. Only through Christ can the Tatars be forgiven of their sins and gain eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tomsk Tatar, Siberian in Russia.

*Pray that Christian resources become available in the Siberian Tomsk Tartar language including the Bible and the JESUS Film. *Pray that the Holy Spirit creates a hunger for spiritual truth in the hearts of Siberian Tatar leaders and heads of households. *Ask the Lord to send workers to tell the Siberian Tartars the good news of Christ. *Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Siberian Tatars in this decade.


References

https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/siberian-tatars https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Tatars


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tomsk Tatar, Siberian
People Name in Country Tomsk Tatar, Siberian
Natural Name Siberian Tomsk Tatar
Population this Country 6,700
Population all Countries 6,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chats; Eushta; Kalmaks
People ID 21083
ROP3 Code 117907
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Along the Tomi and Ob rivers in Tomsk District, and, in part, in the Kemerovsk and Novosibirsk districts.   Source:  Field worker
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Along the Tomi and Ob rivers in Tomsk District, and, in part, in the Kemerovsk and Novosibirsk districts..   Source:  Field worker

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Primary Language Siberian Tatar (6,700 speakers)
Language Code sty   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Siberian Tatar (6,700 speakers)
Language Code sty   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Siberian Tatar

Primary Language:  Siberian Tatar

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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