Yagnob in Tajikistan

The Yagnob have only been reported in Tajikistan
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Introduction / History

The Yagnob people are an ethnic minority in Tajikistan. The Soviet Union forced resettlement in 1957 and 1970 from the Yagnob Mountains to the semi-desert lowlands of Tajikistan. Red Army helicopters were sent to evacuate the population. Some Yagnobians died of shock in helicopters as they were moved to the plains. Yagnob people were forced into hard labor by communist officials to work on the cotton plantations on the plains. Through the change in climate and back-breaking work, several hundred died.

The Yagnob people live only in Tajikistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since 1983, Yagnob families have begun to return to the Yagnob Valley.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yagnob people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

There are no known Christian resources available in the Yagnobi language. Many of the Yagnobi people, especially the younger ones, speak the Tajiki language. There are many resources available in this language. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the Yagnobi people who speak Tajiki.


Prayer Points

There are probably no followers of Jesus among the Yagnobi tribe. Pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself, that they won't be ashamed of the gospel, believing it is the power of God unto salvation.

Pray for a full harvest among the Yagnobi people this decade.

Pray the Yagnobi will once again be able to flourish as they did before the communists came.

Pray for good schools, for adequate medical facilities, and employment opportunities.


Scripture Prayers for the Yagnob in Tajikistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaghnobis
https://cabar.asia/en/how-do-yaghnobi-people-live-a-report-from-the-remote-area-of-tajikistan
https://sacredland.org/yaghnob/
http://paramountjourney.com/en/destinations/yagnob-valley/cultureandtraditionsoftheyagnobipeople/
https://central-asia.guide/tajikistan/destinations-tj/dushanbe/yagnob-valley/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yagnob
People Name in Country Yagnob
Population this Country 30,000
Population all Countries 30,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Yagnobi
People ID 15940
ROP3 Code 110917
Country Tajikistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sughd region, Zafarabad; north of Dushanbe; Yagnob river (the homeland), high mountain valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tajikistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sughd region, Zafarabad; north of Dushanbe; Yagnob river (the homeland), high mountain valley..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Yagnobi
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Yagnobi
People Groups Speaking Tajik

Primary Language:  Tajik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1992-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tajiki
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Fifth Namaz
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tajik
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more