Kulobi in Tajikistan

The Kulobi have only been reported in Tajikistan
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Kulobi are a sub-group of the Tajik people of Tajikistan in Central Asia. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, there was a seven-year civil war in Tajikistan. The Kulobi emerged as the dominant group in the government and economy. Thousands of people were killed. Cities, villages, factories, and homes destroyed. The economy of the nation is still recovery and refugees are returning from the surrounding countries. Tajikistan is the poorest nation in Central Asia. There are no known believers among the Kulobi. A complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in Tajik, language of the Kulobi.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of the Kulobi was animal husbandry and agriculture. They raised goat, sheep, cattle and camels in a semi-nomadic lifestyle. In the short summers, they grew barley, wheat, fruit, and vegetables. Even today many Kuboli live in cities in the winter and return to the countryside in the summer to grow their crops for the year. Today the Kulobi work in government, education and business. The economy of Tajikistan is growing and the Kulobi are reaping the benefits.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kulobi like other Tajiks are Sunni Muslim, the largest denomination in Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They 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 to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make 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. Many Kulobi also practice elements of folk religion. They believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature. These spirits must be appeased or they can bring disaster upon the people.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kulobi need to see that only Jesus Christ can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life. The Kulobi are proud of their high position in Tajik society. Pride can often prevent people from coming to Christ. Rural Kulobi would benefit by access to modern medicine and ways to improve their farming techniques and the health of their animals.

Prayer Points

Ask God to raise up long-term missionaries who will go to Tajikistan and share Christ with Kulobi.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will give vision for outreach and a genuine burden for the Kulobi to believers who live in this region.
Ask God to raise up a disciple making movement among the Kulobi in this decade.
Pray that the Tajik Bible gets into the right hands of the Kulobi people.

Scripture Prayers for the Kulobi in Tajikistan.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kulobi
People Name in Country Kulobi
Pronunciation koo-LOH-bee
Population this Country 866,000
Population all Countries 866,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 17
Alternate Names
People ID 21653
ROP3 Code 118433
Country Tajikistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Tajikistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Tajik

Primary Language:  Tajik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1992-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tajiki Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime 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 Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tajik YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more