Uuld in Mongolia

The Uuld have only been reported in Mongolia
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Uuld are a subgroup of the dominant Khalkha Mongols. The Khalkhas make up 70% of the people in Mongolia. 90% of the people of Mongolia understand the Khalkha-Halh Mongolian language.

The Mongolian empire of Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai Khan began to decline in the late 14th century. The Mongolian people were divided into two main groups. The eastern group became part of China in 1691. Today this region is the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. Beginning in the 1920s Outer Mongolia came under the control of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Mongolian leaders wanted the Khalkhas and the Uuld to settle down in villages and raise large numbers of animals for the good of the nation. These efforts were largely rejected. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, Mongolia became independent of foreign control.

The complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in Halh Mongolian, the primary language of the Uuld.

Where Are they Located?

The Uuld live in central Mongolia. They mainly live in Hovd City and Hovd's Buyant and Erdeneburen districts.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Uuld still live the traditional, pastoral lifestyle. They raise horses, cattle, camels, goats, sheep and yaks. Their diet consists only entirely of animal products, meat and dairy. Their favorite drink is fermented mare's milk. Their circular tents are called yurts, which can be easily taken down and moved. The pastoral Uuld move four or five times a year seeking water and grass for their animals. Illiteracy is a major problem for the nomadic Uuld. Their lifestyle is not conducive to the education of their children. Children who do go to school often have to quit school early to help with their family business of caring for animals.

Other Khotogolds have moved to the cities for job and educational opportunities. They work in factories and as laborers. Educated Khotogolds own businesses and work in government positions.

Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit their father's tents and animals. The Uuld tend to marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Uuld are Tibetan Buddhists mixed with folk religion. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, there has been a revival of Buddhism in Mongolia. Buddhists have reopened temples. Shamans are again becoming popular. Shamans serve as medical workers and leaders who help people overcome the influence of evil spirits through rituals and offerings. There are currently no known Christian believers among the Uuld.

What Are Their Needs?

The Uuld need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ who alone can free them from the fear of evil spirits and forgive their sins. Medical workers can bring the benefits of modern medicine to the Uuld. The Uuld need help in teaching their children how to read and write. The Uuld need to learn new job skills as their old nomadic life is disappearing.

Prayer Points

Pray the Lord sends believers to share the gospel with the Uuld.
Pray that the Uuld turn away from Buddhism and embrace the truths of the Bible.
Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Uuld families into rich experiences of God's blessings.

Scripture Prayers for the Uuld in Mongolia.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Uuld
People Name in Country Uuld
Pronunciation oold
Alternate Names
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 15,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20049
ROP3 Code 115625
ROP25 Code 308515
ROP25 Name Uuld
Country Mongolia
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Hovd City and Hovd's Buyant and Erdeneburen soums.   Source:  www.gohovd.com/wiki/Uuld
Country Mongolia
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Hovd City and Hovd's Buyant and Erdeneburen soums..   Source:  www.gohovd.com/wiki/Uuld
Map of Uuld in Mongolia
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Mongolian, Halh (15,000 speakers)
Language Code khk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mongolian, Halh (15,000 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  (2003-2017)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mongolian, Halh Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Mongolian, Halh YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Mongolian, Halh YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Mongolian, Halh Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Bernd Thaller - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: Web research. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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