Gagauz - Religion

Believing Gagauz are Orthodox Christians. Their ancestors—Turkic-speaking pastoral clanspeople who came from the southern Russian steppe and settled into the maritime region of northeastern Bulgaria—accepted Christianity in the thirteenth century. Notwithstanding this devotion to Christianity, which took root among them one and one-half centuries before the Osmanli Turkish conquest, the Gagauz only superficially grasped the basic dogma of this religion. Although there were a few books in translation in Gagauz villages at the start of the twentieth century, there is no reliable evidence that the translation of the New Testament into Turkish (distributed by the Bible Society in London and using the Greek alphabet) was widely available to them.

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