Koli Mahadev in India

Population

1,604,000

Christian

0.22%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

The Koli people are also called Dongar or Raj Koli. Generally 'Koli' means a fisherman but the Koli people's primary occupation is agriculture. The Mahadev Koli derive their name from their god Mahadev and live in the Mahadev hills of Maharashtra. They are found mostly in the Pune, Ahmednagar and Nasik districts of Maharashtra. They speak Marathi and use the Devanagari script.

Their staple food consists of rice, nagli, varai and wheat. Other than agriculture they are also involved in cattle breeding, dairy and poultry farming and wage labour as subsidiary occupations.

There are twenty-four exogamous clans among the Mahadev Koli and they use their clan's names as their surnames. Members of each clan have their own deity.

They resemble the Kunbi and the Maratha communities in matters of dress and appearance. They live in nuclear families. Bride price plays an important part in the marriage. The marriage ceremony lasts for three to four days. Divorce and remarriage are allowed. The dead are buried, but in some cases cremation is also practiced.

Most of the Mahadev Koli follow a number of Hindu traditions. The percentage of literacy among the Mahadev Koli is 30.

Alternate Names: Koli Mahadev, Dholi, Malhar, Talapada, Chunvalia


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the people of the Mahadev Koli community.
* For more literacy and development programs.



Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Koli Mahadev
People Name in Country Koli Mahadev
ROP3 Code 112576
Joshua Project People ID 17210
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 1,604,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Dongar Koli, Maideo, Raj Koli,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 1,410,309 Gujarati 81,481 Kannada 36,331 Konkani, Goan 30,875
Hindi 27,240 Konkani 25,342 Telugu 11,261 Ahirani 3,681
Khandesi 1,369 Sindhi 1,106 Gondi, Northern 638 Nimadi 620
Bhili 539 Urdu 314 Dhanki 170 Tamil 70
Malayalam 58 Oriya 54 Tulu 39 Halbi 35
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Koli Mahadev
Ethnic Code CNN25j
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.05%
Christianity
0.22%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.60%
Islam
0.02%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.11%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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