Ruthenian, Rusyn in Ukraine

Ruthenian, Rusyn
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People Name: Ruthenian, Rusyn
Country: Ukraine
10/40 Window: No
Population: 8,400
World Population: 83,700
Primary Language: Rusyn
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 85.00 %
Evangelicals: 3.70 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Rusyns are an Eastern Slavic ethnic group. Their origins can be traced back to Slavic peoples who began to appear in the valleys of the Carpathian Mountains in small numbers during the fifth and sixth centuries.

Where Are they Located?

The Rusyns are located in the remote and rugged Carpathian highlands which overlap portions of Romania, Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditional Rusyn culture is characterized by the colorful and elaborate craftsmanship of their clothing, sculpture, architecture, woodworking, metalworking, rug weaving, pottery, and egg decorating. Other Rusyn traditions are their songs and dances.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are affiliated with the Greek Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and consider membership to be a part of their national character.

Prayer Points

Ask God to call out local Ukrainian Evangelical Christians to share the Good News with the Rusyns.

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