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Tofalar in Russia

Tofalar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Russian Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %   

Tofalar in Russia

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Introduction / History
The Tofalar people are also known as the Tofa or Tof people. Their language is Turkic based, but it is also related to the languages of other local tribes.

Until the communist era, the Tofalar people were reindeer herders and hunters. They never developed modern ways of trapping game; instead they relied on pitfalls.

Their families were patrilineal, meaning that they traced their descent from the father's line. They did not marry within the same clan. They were nomads, and each clan herded in a particular place. At times they worked together for their common needs.

Their food included the milk and meat from reindeer as well as meat from geese, ducks, and wild animals that they hunted. Part of their economy has been related to furs and skins. They would trade furs and skins for flour, alcohol, salt, sugar, tea, and cloth.

Where are they located?
The Tofalar people live in the eastern Sayan Mountains near the Nenet people.

What are their lives like?
The Russian communists put a stop to their traditional lifestyle and forced them on to permanent villages with Russian-style wood houses. This situation allowed them to farm potatoes and other root vegetables. Today they are involved with cooperative fur farming. Others are shepherds or common laborers.

They did not have a written language until 1989. At that time schools included instruction in the Tofalar language. This might keep their language from dying out like those of many of the other tribes of Russia.

What are their beliefs?
Like the other tribal peoples of this region, they are shamanistic. This means that they believe in a host of spirits that will only respond to the shaman.

What are their needs?
The Tofalar people need to have the chance to advance their economy through higher education.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Tofalar people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Tofalar people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Tofalar people would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Tofalar people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofalar
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tofalar
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/tofalar
https://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/tofalars.shtml
https://1baikal.ru/en/o-bajkale/kultura-i-etnos/tofalars-and-soyots-the-peoples-lost-around-baikal
http://lingsib.iea.ras.ru/en/languages/tofa.shtml

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-03-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-03-14
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:41 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Nizhniyudinsk region of the Irkutsk Oblast. The area where they live is known as Tofalaria. Their main villages are spread through the Sayan mountains, and are called, Alygdjer, Verkhnaya Gutara and Herkha.
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tofalar
People Name General: Tofalar
Alternate People Names:
KaragasTofalars
ROP3 Code: 108768
Joshua Project People ID: 14799
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Ural-Siberian
People Name General: Tofalar
Ethnic Code: MSY41z
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Language
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Primary Language: Russian
Language Code (ISO): rus    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Karagas (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1815-1993
New Testament:
1821-1991Audio
Complete Bible: 1680-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Central Asian (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Russian
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGeneral Ministry Resources
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralOpen-licensed Bible stories on mobile ap ...
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica's Russian
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Synodal Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Synodal Bible (Protestant Version ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Новый Завет: Совре ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Russian)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Tofalar in Russia

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