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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Oirat, Western Mongol of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,700

ROP3 Code: 107607
IMB Affinity Group: East Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mongolian
Language: Kalmyk - (xal)
Religion: Buddhism
Country of Origin: Mongolia

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Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 1,700

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Brief Profile

The Oirat, Western Mongol are the westernmost people group of the Mongols whose ancestral home is in the Altai region of western Mongolia. The most prominent population is located in the Republic of Kalmykia, a federal subject of the Russian Federation, where they are called Kalmyks.

From the thirteenth to eighteenth centuries the Kalmyk-Oirats numbered approximately two million and were one of the most formidable tribes of Central Asia. They opposed the eastern Mongols under Genghis Khan, but eventually allied with them and became a loyal and formidable faction of the Mongol war machine. After the dissolution of Genghis Khan's empire, they conquered the plains of Central Asia. Among the Oirats' enemies were the Chinese Manchu dynasty and the neighboring Turkic Kyrgyz, Kazakh, and Altai tribes.

The Oirats converted to Tibetan Buddhism around 1615. Although they often claim adherence to Buddhism, many practice shamanism.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will reveal the truth of salvation through grace alone and not through acts of religious rituals or by achieving merit.
  • Pray Christians will seek out Oirat people and recognize that Oirat are in need of hearing a message of grace through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will call our near culture people who will intentionally engage Oirat with the gospel message.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAnaheimLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA1,700