Kolha in India

The Kolha have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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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

* Scripture Prayers for the Kolha in India.

* 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  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kolha
People Name in Country Kolha
World Population 717,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Kohali, Kohli, Kolahi, Kolhi, कोल्हा
People ID 17244
ROP3 Code 112612
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Odisha
634,000
Maharashtra
79,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,900
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Delhi
100
Chandigarh
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Odisha 634,000
  Maharashtra 79,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,900
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Delhi 100
  Chandigarh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Ho (299,000 speakers)
Language Code hoc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 49
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
142,000
Munda
112,000
Marathi
75,000
Kurux
24,000
Santhali
15,000
Kuvi
13,000
Hindi
11,000
Mundari
10,000
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Bengali
800
Chin, Thado
700
Tamil
200
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Naga, Mao
100
Juang
100
Primary Language Ho (299,000 speakers)
Language Code hoc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 49
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 142,000
  Munda 112,000
  Marathi 75,000
  Kurux 24,000
  Santhali 15,000
  Kuvi 13,000
  Hindi 11,000
  Mundari 10,000
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
  Bengali 800
  Chin, Thado 700
  Tamil 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Naga, Mao 100
  Juang 100
People Groups Speaking Ho

Primary Language:  Ho

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1915-1987)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1997)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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National Bible Societies
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Ho
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ho
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.27 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.17 %
Islam
0.09 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
3.45 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.