Daily Topic for March 28, 2011
The Ket people know how to thrive no matter what the circumstances. They live in one of the world’s least hospitable places, yet they know how to find plenty of food. However, God wants much more for them than simply existing with their physical needs met. He wants them to have their spiritual ones met as well so they can live life to the full (John 10:10).
Pray that the Ket people will soon have their spiritual needs met by the knowledge of the living Christ.
Thriving in Siberia? That’s what the Ket people do best! During harsh winters, they hunt for deer and elk, or trap animals for their fur. They build winter shelters by digging holes in the snow, and they travel on large skis. During warmer summer months, they forage for fruits and berries, grow vegetables, and travel on large fishing vessels. They live along several tributaries of the Yenise River.
Several cultures and languages flowed together to form this small, but complex people group. Europeans, ancient Mongolians, and Turks, along with Samodi-speaking and Ugro-speaking peoples, form an interesting culture. Their language has similarities to the Basques of France and Spain, and even to certain American Indian languages.
This is a people of contrasts. They are shamanistic, yet they have no professional shamans. They are intensely interested in their history, but 20 years ago they numbered only 1,084 people.
The Ket people believe in a supreme being, Esi, the sky god, yet they also believe in lesser gods. Esi is a good god, but is opposed by the evil mistress of the north, Khosedem. Tomem is the kinder god of the south. During their worship, they have a musical tradition that includes improvisational singing along with an assortment of wooden musical instruments. They are known for their artistic embroidery and wood-carving.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Kets will come to know the true God of goodness who loves them.