Batlukh-Gid in Russia

Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Batlukh-Gid
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 31,000
World Population: 31,000
Primary Language: Avar
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Caucasus
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Batlukh-Gid people live in about 30 villages in the central highlands of the Avar region of Dagestan. These villages are located on both sides of the mountainous Avar-Koisu River. Their language exists in the Avar language family but is so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible from dominant Avar. This region has fiercely practiced Islam for hundreds of years.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Strong Women. The Avar Gid [pronounced 'Geed '] woman proudly commented, "We women do almost all the work and the men do almost nothing." "How do you put up with that?" the cultural observer asked. "Oh, if we waited for the men to do the work, then nothing would get done!"
The Batlukh-Gid, as well as all the mountain peoples in Dagestan, separate male and female in society and in work roles. They enforce “transgression” of these strict separate roles by shame. For example, one mountain village in Dagestan is known as “The Village Where a Man Milked a Cow." That is a shameful designation. Women's work covers everything related to the house, the harvest, and the animals. Men’s responsibilities include plowing, sowing and cutting hay, and providing security. One objective observer in a Dagestani mountain village concluded that the strict division of labor leaves about 70% in the women's category and 30% in the men's category. The locals would say, "That's the way it's always been." Yes, Dagestani village women live a hard life.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Batlukh-Gid practice Sunni Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

The Batlukh-Gid need workers to share the gospel in the Batlukh-Gid language and within their culture.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to go to the Batlukh-Gid.
Pray for workers to determine if a translation of the Batlukh-Gid language into the Bible and other resources is needed and, if so, to do the translations.
Pray for courage among “People of Peace” to respond to the gospel.
Pray for the establishment of an indigenous and reproducing Batlukh-Gid church.

Text Source:   Joshua Project