Koli (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
13,290,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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, 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.


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, 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


Prayer Points

* 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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Prayer / Resource Links:
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)
Population in India 13,290,000
World Population 13,330,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 266 to 274
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
People ID 17247
ROP3 Code 112615
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
(8,330,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(2,571,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(719,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(530,000)
Rajasthan
(513,000)
Delhi
(235,000)
Haryana
(75,000)
Maharashtra
(59,000)
Telangana
(55,000)
Daman and Diu
(45,000)
Uttarakhand
(43,000)
Karnataka
(35,000)
Tamil Nadu
(22,000)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(18,000)
Punjab
(8,900)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat (8,330,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (2,571,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (719,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (530,000)
  Rajasthan (513,000)
  Delhi (235,000)
  Haryana (75,000)
  Maharashtra (59,000)
  Telangana (55,000)
  Daman and Diu (45,000)
  Uttarakhand (43,000)
  Karnataka (35,000)
  Tamil Nadu (22,000)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (18,000)
  Punjab (8,900)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (7,799,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(3,839,000)
Pahari, Mahasu
(179,000)
Awadhi
(175,000)
Bhojpuri
(142,000)
Dhundari
(131,000)
Kanauji
(112,000)
Mandeali
(81,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(76,000)
Kacchi
(76,000)
Bundeli
(71,000)
Marathi
(60,000)
Marwari
(54,000)
Kangri
(52,000)
Telugu
(51,000)
Pahari, Kullu
(42,000)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (7,799,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (3,839,000)
  Pahari, Mahasu (179,000)
  Awadhi (175,000)
  Bhojpuri (142,000)
  Dhundari (131,000)
  Kanauji (112,000)
  Mandeali (81,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (76,000)
  Kacchi (76,000)
  Bundeli (71,000)
  Marathi (60,000)
  Marwari (54,000)
  Kangri (52,000)
  Telugu (51,000)
  Pahari, Kullu (42,000)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.51 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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