The Talysh are mainly Shia Muslims, though a few villages in the south are Sunni. They also have many pre-Islamic practices that are a part of their culture, such as the celebration of Novruz in the springtime, which has Zoroastrian roots.
In addition, they have held on tightly to some of their ancient beliefs, especially a reverence for trees and groves. There are certain oak trees near some of their villages which are considered especially sacred. People travel great distances to make their wishes and hang colored rags on them.
They also seek answers to their prayers by visiting the tombs of famous people, bringing candy to the spirit of the dead person, encircling the tomb and praying there. The Talysh believe in both good and evil spirits, the most dangerous spirit being Alazhan (literally, “the Red Woman”). This spirit is believed to attack women in childbirth and newborn babies.
Pray the strongholds that keep the Talysh in spiritual bondage will be torn down.
Pray for intercessors who will faithfully and fervently pray for this peoples until God brings a great harvest.
Pray God will open the eyes of Talysh people to see the light of the gospel in the glory of Christ.
“Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field. For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.” Zechariah 10:1-2