Kori in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kori are a Scheduled Caste of India living in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Their name comes from the Hindi word Kora meaning coarse cloth and it refers to their local traditional work of weaving that type of cloth.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Uttar Pradesh the Kori speak Hindi. In Maharashtra they speak Marathi as well as a Hindi dialect. In Madhya Pradesh they speak Hindi, Malwi and Nimadi. They read and write in Devanagari. They speak Oriya in Orissa and read and write in Oriya. The Kori have a low social standing and are not well off financially. They are often mocked because they are weavers. The Kori of today are weavers except in Maharashtra where they are laborers, fruit sellers or in agriculture. Some Kori families use power looms. Some with land are farmers but many are landless and work as laborers.

As Hindus, they do not eat beef but they do eat chicken, mutton, pork and eggs. In Maharashtra they do not eat pork. They eat wheat, rice, dairy produce, fruits in season and vegetables. They are allowed alcohol. They have low literacy levels, so the gospel would need to be given in oral form. They use modern and traditional medicines and like family planning except in Orissa. Most of the Kori do not use banks but use moneylenders and shopkeepers.

The Kori are endogamous, which means they do not normally marry outside their group. They believe in monogamy and adult marriages that are arranged by the elders of both families. Cross cousin marriages are allowed except in Madhya Pradesh. A dowry is given except in Maharashtra. Divorce is allowed if approved socially. Divorcees and the bereaved can remarry. Sons inherit the property of the father and the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do the housework and help with weaving and agriculture. The Kori have caste councils who judge things like adultery and divorce. Fines are the usual punishment with excommunication being the last resort.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kori are Hindus and worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses and they have community gods too. They take part in the major Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests do birth, marriage and death rituals. They mostly cremate the dead but bury them in cases such as leprosy or suicides. Very young children are buried. Ashes are immersed in a river, the Ganges being favored. They have birth and death pollution set periods.

What Are Their Needs?

It is said that if the Kori make good use of government assistance they would not be so poor. If their children were educated they would have a better future.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Kori realise Jesus Christ will accept them as they are as weavers and that they will give their lives to Him.



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People Name General Kori
People Name in Country Kori
Population in India 259,000
World Population 282,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhangar, Kisan, Koli, Koly, Kora, Kora Dobha, Kuda, Kuli, Kura, Kura Kura, Kuraakula, Kurakula, Kuralia, Kuri, Kuria, Kurrakula, Malhar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Kori
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17263
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (160,000) Jharkhand (31,000) Bihar (30,000) Odisha (15,000)
Chhattisgarh (8,700) Karnataka (7,600) Rajasthan (2,300) Andhra Pradesh (1,200)
Tamil Nadu (700) Andaman and Nicobar (700) Maharashtra (300) Telangana (200)
Delhi (200) Nagaland (70) Gujarat (60) Madhya Pradesh (30)
Kerala (20) Pondicherry (20)
Total States on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (160,000) Jharkhand (31,000)
Bihar (30,000) Odisha (15,000)
Chhattisgarh (8,700) Karnataka (7,600)
Rajasthan (2,300) Andhra Pradesh (1,200)
Tamil Nadu (700) Andaman and Nicobar (700)
Maharashtra (300) Telangana (200)
Delhi (200) Nagaland (70)
Gujarat (60) Madhya Pradesh (30)
Kerala (20) Pondicherry (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  45  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (104,000) Hindi (50,000) Santhali (29,000) Koda (28,000)
Oriya (13,000) Chhattisgarhi (3,700) Kannada (3,600) Kurux (2,500)
Munda (2,000) Mundari (1,900) Korwa (1,300) Kuvi (1,000)
Telugu (1,000) Urdu (700) Koya (600) Ho (500)
Korku (400) Haroti: Harauti (400) Marathi (300) Tamil (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 104,000 Hindi 50,000
Santhali 29,000 Koda 28,000
Oriya 13,000 Chhattisgarhi 3,700
Kannada 3,600 Kurux 2,500
Munda 2,000 Mundari 1,900
Korwa 1,300 Kuvi 1,000
Telugu 1,000 Urdu 700
Koya 600 Ho 500
Korku 400 Haroti: Harauti 400
Marathi 300 Tamil 300
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.77 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.93 %
0.19 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
4.03 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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