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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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|People Name General||Koli (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Koli (Hindu traditions)|
|Population in Bangladesh||800|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bunkar, Buntar, Chamar-Julaha, Dhimar, Kabaria Dagi, Kaperdia, Kapre, Kili, Koda, Koli of Gujarat, Koli Patel, Kora, Koral, Kori, Koria, Kuli, Macchi Koli, Machhi Koli, Machikoli, Mahar-Kili, Malhar, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Tantubais, Taru, कोली|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (500 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bengali|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Bengali Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|Photo Source||International Mission Board-SBC Copyrighted © Used with permission|
|Map Source||Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl|
|Profile Source||GSCC Copyrighted © Used with permission|
|Data Sources||Data is compiled from various sources. Read more|
|Religion Values||* From Bangladesh census data. Current values may differ.|