Adyghe in United States


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Introduction / History

The Circassians are the oldest indigenous people of Northwest Caucasus and identify themselves as Adyghe. The Adyghe preserve their culture and continue to use the Adyghe language as their primary means of communication. Only in the 18th century did their language assume a written form. Organized into tribes, the Adyghe have never had an independent state.
Once, the Adyghe were the main ethnic element in the northwest Caucasus; however, this drastically changed under the pressure of the Russian conquest, and especially after the defeat of the Great Revolt (1825-1864), when an Adyghe mass exodus took place. This exodus was called 'one of the greatest mass movements of population in modern history. Adyghe moved to Turkey and other areas of the Ottoman Empire, including Egypt. One and a half million Adyghe abandoned their ancient homeland, leaving behind scattered remnant communities. There are many stories, poems and songs about the victims of the war, the emigration itself and the state of exile. Rituals and memorial days are devoted to these events.
One can gain much insight into Adyghe culture and customs from their folk dances. The dances tell stories about everyday life such as courtship, preparing for war, the harvest, and showing of strength. All stories ultimately originate from the centuries old Nart Epics, a series of 26 cycles and 700 texts dating back to 4,000-3,500 BC. The stories preserve Adyghe ancient history. They precede Greek mythology, containing ancient stories of gods from southern Russia. From these Epics came the " Adyghe habza," or Adyghe traditions.
The habza is an important feature of Adyghe identity. It was established long before their Islamization. It is the Adyghe system of laws, rules, etiquette and ethos. The habza provided the rules of behavior and morality that are handed down in other societies through religion. The Adyghe habza is passed on from generation to generation, with today's Adyghe youth still being taught to carry on the traditions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

With such a small number within the U. S., the Adyghe blend in with other ethnic groups, often losing their identity. Each generation loses more of the past and becomes more like the American majority. However, they are maintaining their religious identity as Muslims.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Adyghe in the U.S. are Muslim. Religious influence upon Adyghe collective identity, both in the past and in the present, has been limited and superficial. Some are very secular, especially those who were born in the United States.


What Are Their Needs?

Today, many Adyghe communities worldwide are facing the problems of losing their language and culture. Yet compared to other migrant groups, the Adyghe have a greater tendency to maintain their separate identity.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers in the United States will make the effort to lovingly take the gospel to Adyghe people and teach them to disciple others.
Pray that Adyghe-speaking people in the United States will be touched by the gospel and moved to bring it to Adyghe people everywhere.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Adyghe in the United States and beyond.


Scripture Prayers for the Adyghe in United States.


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People Name General Adyghe
People Name in Country Adyghe
Pronunciation AH-di-gay
Alternate Names Cherkess; Circassian; Circassian, West; Kjax; Lower Circassian; Shapsug
Population this Country 9,300
Population all Countries 686,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10161
ROP3 Code 100079
ROP25 Code 300058
ROP25 Name Adyghe
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern New Jersey, New York, California   Source:  Wikipedia articles
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northern New Jersey, New York, California.   Source:  Wikipedia articles

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Adyghe (9,300 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Adyghe (9,300 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Adyghe
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