Tuvans-Todzhan in Russia

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Map Source:  Joshua Project
People Name: Tuvans-Todzhan
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,900
World Population: 1,900
Primary Language: Tuvan
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Ural-Siberian
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
Progress Level:


The Todzhan Tuvans are a subgroup of the larger, Tuva-speaking group in Russia. They are reindeer herders and breeders. Divorce is common among the Tuvinians. Tuvinian culture is noted for its rich, oral epic poetry. Tuvinians love music and play more than fifty different musical instruments. They have been traditionally Shamanists and Tibetan Buddhists. Today, the Todzhan Tuvans are mostly Buddhists but the influence of Shamanism is still apparent.

Ministry Obstacles

The current religions of the Tuvan people present a very different worldview than that of the Christian. A new way of thinking is necessary to come to Christ as Savior and Lord.

Outreach Ideas

The Tuva language has the complete Bible available, and other resources are also available, including the Jesus film. Pray that Russian or Mongolian Christians will be able to take these resources to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no followers of Jesus among the Todzhan Tuvans, although there are likely a few believers among the larger Tuvan group. Please pray for Tuvan believers to be taught accurately how to know and follow Christ, and that they will grow in numbers.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Tuvan peoples will be able to provide adequately for their families. They live in a harsh land.

Text Source:   Joshua Project