Ghunzib, Hunzib in Russia

Ghunzib, Hunzib
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Map Source:  Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
People Name: Ghunzib, Hunzib
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,500
World Population: 2,800
Primary Language: Hunzib
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Caucasus
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hunzib live in west Dagestan in the Caucasus, and also in Georgia. The Hunzib have their own language, but also speak the languages of neighboring nations.

In the 4th-5th centuries they were evangelized by Georgian missionaries, but from the 15th-18th century they became Muslims. In 1813 this territory became part of Russia because of a contract between Iran and Russia.

They are mainly livestock producers, raising cows, goats, sheep, horses and donkeys. They farm potatoes and corn. The Hunzib make many things from wool. The men and women of this region have their work separated by gender. There is a patriarch style of living. Family problems are usually taken to the mullah or the priest of the mosque. The mosque is usually located in the center of the village. This people group is very supportive of one another including their distant family. The husband controls the family, but the women are over the domestic things.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslim/Sunnite, but also worship nature with big celebrations such as jumping through the fire and singing folk songs.

Prayer Points

Pray God would pour out His spirit on this people group and expose the lies of animism, which is full of their traditions and rituals.
Pray that they would worship the one true God, their Creator, not creation.
Pray for God's strategy for this people group, so that missionaries could go and have an inroad to evangelize them.

Text Source:   Hope for Europe