Kolta in India

The Kolta have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kolta community is distributed in the Balangir, Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts of Odisha. There are a number of clans among the Kolta such as Balabhadra, Kashyapa, Bharadwaj and Ganesh. They use surnames such as Bhoi, Biswal, Padhan, Sahu and Samal.

The Kolta speak the Odia language and use the Oriya script. They are also conversant with Hindi and Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kolta are a land owning community who are mainly engaged in cultivation, cattle and goat rearing. Rice is their staple cereal. Some of them are teachers, engineers and doctors.

They perform marriage rituals at the bride's home. The Kolta allow for divorce and remarriage. They cremate their dead. The eldest son inherits authority in the family when the father dies.

They play musical instruments like dhole or drum, ektara (a string instrument) and the flute.

Social control is exercised by the community councils such as the Jati Sabha and Mahasabha.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Koltas profess Hinduism and worship Ganesh, Lakshmi, Samaleswari, Patneswari and other deities. They observe the Chait Parab, Makara and Nuakhia festivals. They share the same religious shrines with other communities.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kolta people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of the Kolta people and that God may send many loving Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.

Pray for the Christian media to reach and touch them through their regional forms and language.


Scripture Prayers for the Kolta in India.


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/11/11


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-11
People Name General Kolta
People Name in Country Kolta
Pronunciation KOHL-tah
Population this Country 801,000
Population all Countries 801,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Caulota; Kasbi; Kasbi Khelna; Khelda; Khelna; Khelta; Kolota; Kuta; Kutamali; कोल्टा
People ID 17251
ROP3 Code 112619
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 15
Largest States
Odisha
532,000
Chhattisgarh
205,000
Uttar Pradesh
28,000
Madhya Pradesh
21,000
Andhra Pradesh
4,000
Assam
2,300
Jharkhand
900
West Bengal
800
Delhi
500
Manipur
300
Uttarakhand
200
Maharashtra
100
Bihar
60
Tripura
30
Rajasthan
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 15
  Odisha 532,000
  Chhattisgarh 205,000
  Uttar Pradesh 28,000
  Madhya Pradesh 21,000
  Andhra Pradesh 4,000
  Assam 2,300
  Jharkhand 900
  West Bengal 800
  Delhi 500
  Manipur 300
  Uttarakhand 200
  Maharashtra 100
  Bihar 60
  Tripura 30
  Rajasthan 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (507,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
96,000
Hindi
61,000
Bengali
4,800
Kui
3,100
Malvi
2,200
Assamese
900
Kurux
500
Munda
300
Koda
300
Garhwali
100
Kuvi
80
Pengo
80
Santhali
60
Ho
60
Primary Language Odia (507,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 96,000
  Hindi 61,000
  Bengali 4,800
  Kui 3,100
  Malvi 2,200
  Assamese 900
  Kurux 500
  Munda 300
  Koda 300
  Garhwali 100
  Kuvi 80
  Pengo 80
  Santhali 60
  Ho 60
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more