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Tofalar in Russia


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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.


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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
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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People Name in Country: Tofalar
People Name General: Tofalar
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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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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 %
Orthodox0.00 %
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
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Bible Portions: 1815-1993
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1875-2016
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Tofalar in Russia

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