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, 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 13,278,000
World Population 13,318,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 265
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 Gujarati
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
8,315,000
Uttar Pradesh
2,572,000
Madhya Pradesh
713,000
Himachal Pradesh
530,000
Rajasthan
516,000
Delhi
235,000
Haryana
75,000
Maharashtra
59,000
Telangana
58,000
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
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 8,315,000
  Uttar Pradesh 2,572,000
  Madhya Pradesh 713,000
  Himachal Pradesh 530,000
  Rajasthan 516,000
  Delhi 235,000
  Haryana 75,000
  Maharashtra 59,000
  Telangana 58,000
  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 (7,777,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
3,842,000
Pahari, Mahasu
179,000
Awadhi
175,000
Bhojpuri
142,000
Dhundari
118,000
Kanauji
114,000
Mandeali
81,000
Kacchi
78,000
Punjabi, Eastern
76,000
Bundeli
71,000
Marathi
64,000
Marwari
63,000
Telugu
55,000
Kangri
52,000
Pahari, Kullu
42,000
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (7,777,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 3,842,000
  Pahari, Mahasu 179,000
  Awadhi 175,000
  Bhojpuri 142,000
  Dhundari 118,000
  Kanauji 114,000
  Mandeali 81,000
  Kacchi 78,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 76,000
  Bundeli 71,000
  Marathi 64,000
  Marwari 63,000
  Telugu 55,000
  Kangri 52,000
  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
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.49 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
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.


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