Kolha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kolha only in India
Population
676,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ho language speakers live in the forests in the Singbhum district of Jharkhand state, and in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and a few other districts of Orissa. They are also reported to be in a few districts of West Bengal and Assam.


Where Are they Located?

They originally inhabited only the Singbhum district of Jharkhand state, but they moved to the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa due to forest clearance.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The meaning of the word "Ho" in their language is "man." They prefer to live in the forest because they exist mainly on forest products. They also do agricultural work, but when their field work is over, the men go to the forests to hunt. They earn money by selling forest goods, such as oil seeds and gum from trees. They also collect the leaves of the Sal tree; they sew them together and make plates and bowls which are in great demand in North India.

Development has not had any impact on their lives; for example, none of the Ho villages have electricity. Most Ho live in mud houses with straw-thatched roofs. They are animists by faith, and worship the spirits of their ancestors. They are zealous about their cultural identity and have a very positive attitude towards their language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ho people are very receptive to the Gospel, and, as a result, many churches and worship groups have been established among them. Several Christian organizations work among them.

The Bible is being translated into the Ho language. Five books of the Old Testament have been translated, and the New Testament translation is nearing completion. The fast growing Ho church will soon have God's Word in its mother tongue. Having the Bible in Ho will help the Christians to study the Scripture and to bear much fruit.


Prayer Points

* The Ho community to be educated, developed and to have all the basic amenities needed for life.
* Their economic prosperity and for them to attain equality with other neighbouring communities.
* The translation of the New Testament to be completed soon and made available to Ho Christians.
* The Ho Church to catch the vision of reaching their own people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Kolha
People Name in Country Kolha
Population in India 676,000
World Population 676,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kohali, Kohli, Kolahi, Kolhi, कोल्हा
People ID 17244
ROP3 Code 112612
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Largest States
Odisha (597,000) Maharashtra (76,000) Madhya Pradesh (1,800)
Chhattisgarh (1,300) Delhi (100) Chandigarh (40)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Odisha (597,000) Maharashtra (76,000)
Madhya Pradesh (1,800) Chhattisgarh (1,300)
Delhi (100) Chandigarh (40)
Primary Language: Ho (273,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hoc   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 47
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Odia (123,000) Munda (97,000) Marathi (71,000)
Kurux (20,000) Santhali (12,000) Kuvi (11,000)
Mundari (9,300) Hindi (8,600) Chhattisgarhi (1,200)
Bengali (500) Tamil (300) Punjabi, Eastern (200)
Kui (200) Naga, Mao (100) Bhili (100)
Khasi (100) Kharia (100) Juang (100)
Malayalam (100) Naga, Khezha (100)
Primary Language: Ho (273,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hoc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 47
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Odia (123,000) Munda (97,000)
Marathi (71,000) Kurux (20,000)
Santhali (12,000) Kuvi (11,000)
Mundari (9,300) Hindi (8,600)
Chhattisgarhi (1,200) Bengali (500)
Tamil (300) Punjabi, Eastern (200)
Kui (200) Naga, Mao (100)
Bhili (100) Khasi (100)
Kharia (100) Juang (100)
Malayalam (100) Naga, Khezha (100)
Primary Language: Ho

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1915-1987)
New Testament Yes   (1997)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ho
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.62 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
93.40 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
5.96 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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