Arvanite in Greece

The Arvanite have only been reported in Greece
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Arvanite moved from southern Albania to Greece in the 1200s-1300s. Their reason for migrating isn’t clear, but more came at later times. For example, many others from Albania poured into Greece after communism fell in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Their language is similar to that of the Tosk Albanians. It is called Arvanitika Albanian, but it is in the process of being replaced by Greek.
They identify with Greece, and they are loyal Greek citizens. Some of them were instrumental in helping the Greeks win their independence from the Ottoman Empire.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Arvanite women have many rights and are considered equal to men. In the past they even fought in battles.
Most of them are farmers who also raise livestock. Others have contributed to Greece as painters, politicians, literature and through the military.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arvanite are Orthodox Christians. They might be loyal to the church, but many are secular in their worldview.


What Are Their Needs?

Like most peoples in Europe, the Arvanite need to center their spirituality on Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for their spirituality to be centered on Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Pray for Arvanite disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for spiritual hunger to be satisfied by a deep relationship with the only savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Arvanite in Greece.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arvanites
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/19/history-arvanites-greece-albania/
https://www.hellenicaworld.com/Greece/History/en/Arvanites.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arvanites
People Name in Country Arvanite
Alternate Names Albanian; Arvanite; Arvanitika
Population this Country 143,000
Population all Countries 143,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10443
ROP3 Code 100537
ROP25 Code 300517
ROP25 Name Arvanite
Country Greece
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Aegean, Attica, Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands, Thessaly and Central Greece administrative units; Voiotia, south Evvoia and Salamis islands; Korinthia and Argolis areas; other Peloponnese areas, northwest Achaia, north of Lapas; Messinia, from Kalamitra northwest; Lakonia, east coastal area near Rikhea; Kyklades, Andros island north; Athens, mainly rural, 300 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Greece
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Aegean, Attica, Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands, Thessaly and Central Greece administrative units; Voiotia, south Evvoia and Salamis islands; Korinthia and Argolis areas; other Peloponnese areas, northwest Achaia, north of Lapas; Messinia, from Kalamitra northwest; Lakonia, east coastal area near Rikhea; Kyklades, Andros island north; Athens, mainly rural, 300 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
15.00 %
Non-Religious
20.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Albanian, Arvanitika (143,000 speakers)
Language Code aat   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Thracean Arvanitika
Dialect Code 6867   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Albanian, Arvanitika (143,000 speakers)
Language Code aat   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Thracean Arvanitika
Dialect Code 6867   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Albanian, Arvanitika

Primary Language:  Albanian, Arvanitika

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Mstyslav Chernov - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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