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Mari, High in Russia

Mari, High

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
24,000 Mari, Hill Christianity 90.00 % 0.00 % No   

Mari, High in Russia

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Introduction / History
Hundreds of years ago the Finnic Mari people lived along the Volga and Kama rivers. Almost half of Maris today live in the Mari El republic, and most of the others either live in Bashkortostan or the Tatarstan republics.
They were controlled by the Mongols in the 13th century. Their land was taken by Ivan the Terrible's Russian Empire in 1552. As the Russians subdued them, sent settlers to take their land, and forced them to become Orthodox, the Mari moved further east into Bashkortostan. The Soviet Era brought more Russian settlers and greater efforts to squelch Mari culture. The High Mari began to revive their culture starting in the 1990s after the USSR dissolved.

What are their lives like?
The High Mari have their own cuisine, costumes, music, and dancing. These are usually tied in with their traditional religion.

What are their beliefs?
Though they are officially Orthodox Christian, the High Mari have a strong pagan past. Their religion is shamanistic and connected with the spirits of the land. They still have ceremonies in sacred groves, some of which involve animal sacrifice. These ceremonies have a feeling of mysticism. The High Mari wear costumes that they believe will give them good luck and protect them from evil spirits.

What are their needs?
Russia's High Mari people need to put their hope in Jesus Christ to defend them from evil forces.

Prayer Points
Pray for many to put their trust and identity in Jesus Christ rather than their shamans.
Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful to the High Mari people, leading them to the savior who offers life to the full.
Pray for loving and bold workers to go to the High Mari people.
Pray for High Mari disciples to make more disciples in a culturally sensitive way.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mariy-El Republic: Nizhegorodskaya Oblast’; south of the Volga.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Mari, High
People Name General: Mari, High
Alternate People Names:
High MariMari
ROP3 Code: 103768
Joshua Project People ID: 12093
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 24,000
Population all Countries: 24,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Finno-Ugric
People Name General: Mari, High
Ethnic Code: MSW51h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mari, Hill
Language Code (ISO): mrj    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Mari, High
Dialect Code:13725
Secondary Languages:
Mari, Meadow (Unknown)Russian: South Russian (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1821-2006
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Mari, High in Russia

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    Finno-Ugric     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Mari, High Russia    
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