Darkhad in Mongolia

The Darkhad have only been reported in Mongolia
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Introduction / History

At one time the Oirat or Khotgoid tribes were independent, but they became subgroups of the Mongols. Likewise, the Darkhad, meaning "protected ones" or "untouchables," are a Mongol subgroup today sharing a similar language and culture. Their traditional language is called Darkhat. Darkhat speakers are known in Mongolia by the name Oirat. Darkhat and standard Halh are closely related. Nearly all Oirat can read standard Mongolian, even if they may pronounce words differently from standard Halh Mongolian. Many can read both the traditional vertical script, as well as the Cyrillic script promoted during the period of Soviet influence. Apparently, the literacy effort in standard Mongolian has been very successful and the Darkhad are bilingual enough to read and comprehend literature in Halh Mongolian.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Mongolia is a large country with limited travel facilities. Access to remote tribes is very difficult. Most likely, members of the Darkhad community are nomadic like most other Mongolian subgroups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Darkhad differ from other tribes in Mongolia in that they still adhere primarily to their own traditional religion. They have less of a Buddhist or Muslim influence than the others. Shamanism is an important element to Darkhad spirituality. They believe their shaman preserved the soul of Genghis Khan. The Darkhad recognize a uniform spiritual power, localized in the celestial vault. They also worship natural phenomena and believe in a life after death in the form of spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

The Darkhad people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Darkhad in Mongolia.

Pray for the Lord to provide for their physical and spiritual needs as a testimony of his power and love. Pray that the Darkhad people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers to go to them who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-07-03
People Name General Darkhad
People Name in Country Darkhad
Population this Country 25,000
Population all Countries 25,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Darkhat
People ID 11508
ROP3 Code 102458
Country Mongolia
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North around Lake Khubsugul, Hövsgöl Aimag   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Mongolia
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North around Lake Khubsugul, Hövsgöl Aimag.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language Mongolian, Halh (25,000 speakers)
Language Code khk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mongolian, Halh (25,000 speakers)
Language Code khk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mongolian, Halh

Primary Language:  Mongolian, Halh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1979-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1990)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2003-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Building a Family of Love
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mongolian, Halh
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Mongolian Online Video Christian Resource Center
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Mongolian, Halh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Mongolian, Halh
Text / Printed Matter Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
20.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.16 %)
0.16 %
Ethnic Religions
79.84 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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