Koli (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 54 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Thakur 582,000
Kotwal 493,000
Talabda 369,000
Koli of Gujarat 244,000
Baria 130,000
Thakarda 110,000
Pagi 75,000
Chunwalia 67,000
Khant 46,000
Rathda 41,000

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. Some are laborers, agriculturists, water carriers, boatmen and some raise animals. Some Koli have advanced education and have positioned 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. However, 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 practice Islam. 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 the 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

* Scripture Prayers for the Koli (Hindu traditions) in India.

* 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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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-28
People Name General Koli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koli (Hindu traditions)
World Population 2,345,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 46
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
People ID 17247
ROP3 Code 112615
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - Other
People Group Koli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Total Subgroups 54 (only 15 largest shown)
  Thakur 582,000
  Kotwal 493,000
  Talabda 369,000
  Koli of Gujarat 244,000
  Baria 130,000
  Thakarda 110,000
  Pagi 75,000
  Chunwalia 67,000
  Khant 46,000
  Rathda 41,000
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 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh
666,000
Rajasthan
548,000
Himachal Pradesh
506,000
Delhi
238,000
Haryana
101,000
Telangana
59,000
Uttarakhand
44,000
Karnataka
36,000
Gujarat
30,000
Tamil Nadu
22,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Punjab
9,500
Chhattisgarh
6,600
West Bengal
6,200
Chandigarh
5,800
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 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  Madhya Pradesh 666,000
  Rajasthan 548,000
  Himachal Pradesh 506,000
  Delhi 238,000
  Haryana 101,000
  Telangana 59,000
  Uttarakhand 44,000
  Karnataka 36,000
  Gujarat 30,000
  Tamil Nadu 22,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Punjab 9,500
  Chhattisgarh 6,600
  West Bengal 6,200
  Chandigarh 5,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,364,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Pahari, Mahasu
142,000
Dhundari
109,000
Gujarati
74,000
Mandeali
70,000
Marwari
63,000
Telugu
57,000
Pahari, Kullu
47,000
Kangri
39,000
Bundeli
39,000
Punjabi, Eastern
32,000
Garhwali
26,000
Kannada
26,000
Malvi
24,000
Haroti: Harauti
19,000
Merwari
19,000
Primary Language Hindi (1,364,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 43
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Pahari, Mahasu 142,000
  Dhundari 109,000
  Gujarati 74,000
  Mandeali 70,000
  Marwari 63,000
  Telugu 57,000
  Pahari, Kullu 47,000
  Kangri 39,000
  Bundeli 39,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 32,000
  Garhwali 26,000
  Kannada 26,000
  Malvi 24,000
  Haroti: Harauti 19,000
  Merwari 19,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.69 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.18 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source GSCC  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.