Orochi in Ukraine

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Introduction / History

Traditionally the Orochi people made their living by fishing in their homeland, which is in some of coldest regions of Siberian Russia. The traditional Orochi homeland is in the southern part of the Khabarovsk Krai. They lived along the Amur and Kopp rivers. Later, many of them moved to Sakhalin, a Russian owned island north of Japan. In the 1930s they were given their own homeland, but this changed due to their small population. Many of them later moved to other parts of Russia, and even more now live in Ukraine.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today their population continues to shrink. Their language is dying out; it is not a written language. The remaining Orochi people have no choice but to adjust to their new culture. They also must adjust to a war between Russia and Ukraine that affects everyone in that country.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Orochi people can be Buddhist or shamanistic. In Russia they might be marginally Russian Orthodox. Those in Ukraine have maintained their traditional religion.

What Are Their Needs?

The Orochi people might need help in adjusting to an urban Ukrainian future with all that entails.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Orochi people will soon put their hope and identity in Jesus Christ rather than in their ethnicity.

Pray for the Lord to direct the Orochi people in the path he has for them.

Pray for the spiritual lives of the Orochi people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.

Pray for spiritual hunger to permeate Orochi society, giving them the desire and ability to follow Jesus.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out the right workers to these people who desperately need a savior.

Scripture Prayers for the Orochi in Ukraine.




Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Orochi
People Name in Country Orochi
Pronunciation oh-ROH-chee
Alternate Names Orichen; Oroches; Tez
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 1,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14217
ROP3 Code 107683
ROP25 Code 306358
ROP25 Name Orochi
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Orochi in Ukraine
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Oroch (700 speakers)
Language Code oac   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Oroch (700 speakers)
Language Code oac   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Oroch

Primary Language:  Oroch

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Map Source People Group location: All Ukrainian Population Census 2001. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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