Koli in Pakistan

Population

38,200

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: GSCC


Introduction / History

The term Koli means fisherman, according to legend the Koli claim to be descendents from the Black Dwarf that came forth from the body of King Vena. Numbering more than 12 million they are one of the largest communities of western India. The Koli constitute of a number of communities with various occupations and cultural identities while still remaining Koli. As their name implies fishing is common, other occupations are laborers, agriculturists, water carriers, boatman and animal husbandry, but there is also Koli that have advanced themselves. As they are a large percentage of the population in Gujarat there are those within their people that have advanced education and placed themselves well within society and government, but the majority live within the lower strata of society.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Koli live mostly in the villages and towns of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. They live the simple life of agriculturalists, but as technology has entered into the life of most people they are also aware of the life available in the city and have experienced a few of the material benefits that can be obtained.


What are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all of Koli are Hindu while a very few will practice Islam. Both nuclear and extended families are common among them and the eldest son inherits the father's authority, the Koli cremate their dead and practice death pollution for eleven days. The Koli worship Guar Mati and Holi Mata among other deities of Hinduism, they also believe in ghosts and spirits. Depending on the region they will celebrate Namiya festival associated with fishing as well as Karbha, Bahan and other common festivals. A Brahmin priest will officiate at religious activities as well as rituals associated with the cycles of life.


Prayer Points

* Ask God that workers will be sent to every district and village.
* Pray that God will raise up Koli evangelists that will have a heart to reach their own.
* Pray that God will send film teams that will present the life and death of Jesus.
* Pray that the God who has set eternity in their hearts will prepare their hearts for the Gospel.



Profile Source: GSCC Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Koli
People Name in Country Koli
Population in Pakistan 38,200
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Buntar, Chamar-Julaha, Dhimar, Kabaria Dagi, Kaperdia, Kapre, Kili, Koda, Koli of Gujarat, Koli Patel, Kora, Koral, Kori, Kuli, Machhi Koli, Mahar-Kili, Malhar, Tantubais, Taru
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Koli
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Country Pakistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koli, Parkari (13,000) Sindhi (9,500) Seraiki (3,500) Kachchi (3,300)
Koli, Kachi (3,000) Dhatki (2,100) Koli, Wadiyara (1,400) Gurgula (500)
Marwari (200) Bagri (100) Panjabi, Western (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koli, Parkari 13,000 Sindhi 9,500
Seraiki 3,500 Kachchi 3,300
Koli, Kachi 3,000 Dhatki 2,100
Koli, Wadiyara 1,400 Gurgula 500
Marwari 200 Bagri 100
Panjabi, Western 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1996)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-08

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: International Mission Board-SBC © Copyrighted Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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