Shors

Shors

About Shors

Shors or Shorians (Russian: Shorcy, also transliterated as Shorts, Shortses) are a Turkic people in the Kemerovo Oblast in Russia. Their self designation is Shor, or Shor. They were also called Kuznetskie Tatars (kuzneckie tatary), Kondoma Tatars (kondomskie tatary), Mras-Su Tatars (mrasskie tatary) in some of the documents of the 17th-18th centuries. Most of Shors live in the Tom basin along the Kondoma and Mras-Su Rivers. This region is historically called Mountainous Shoria. The Shors also live in Khakassia and Altai Republic. According to 2002 census, there were 13,975 Shors in Russia (12,601 in 1926, 16,042 in 1939, 14,938 in 1959, 15,950 in 1970, 15,182 in 1979 and 15,745 in 1989). The Shors speak their own Shor language. Formally, they have always been considered Orthodox Christians, but most of them followed shamanism and animism as a part of their culture.

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