Kol in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



In the colonial period, the word kol acquired a pejorative connotation. It became a synonym for the savage, the lowly, those performing menial jobs, the militant and the aggressive. In some regions, their traditional and present-day occupation is the collecting and selling fuel of wood and leaves from forest and wage labor. They worship family deities like Birmidevi and Simoridevi, village deities, and regional deities.

Ministry Obstacles

An animistic, polytheistic worldview is an obstacle to faith in Christ, but not an insurmountable obstacle.

Outreach Ideas

Many workers are needed to carry the good news about Christ to the several language groups within the Kol community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Christ among the Kol community. Pray they will experience Christ's love that surpasses knowledge.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Kol community will increasingly hunger to know the creator God, and lose their interest in worshiping imaginary beings.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-01
People Name General Kol
People Name in Country Kol
Population in India 2,159,000
World Population 2,161,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kolari, Kole, Kolian, Rautia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Kol
Ethnic Code AUG06
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (1,714,000) Bengali (127,000) Angika (95,000) Oriya (70,000)
Chhattisgarhi (49,000) Bagheli (48,000) Bhojpuri (37,000) Maithili (13,000)
Kurux (10,000) Garhwali (9,900) Bundeli (4,300) Marathi (2,500)
Assamese (1,800) Ho (1,700) Gondi, Northern (1,000) Kanauji (800)
Khandesi (600) Munda (600) Magahi (600) Kuvi (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 1,714,000 Bengali 127,000
Angika 95,000 Oriya 70,000
Chhattisgarhi 49,000 Bagheli 48,000
Bhojpuri 37,000 Maithili 13,000
Kurux 10,000 Garhwali 9,900
Bundeli 4,300 Marathi 2,500
Assamese 1,800 Ho 1,700
Gondi, Northern 1,000 Kanauji 800
Khandesi 600 Munda 600
Magahi 600 Kuvi 400
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-01

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.70 %
0.01 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.21 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Get Involved
Register ministry activity for this group

Copyright © 2014 Joshua Project.  A ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission.