Kolta in India

The Kolta have only been reported in India
Population
648,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kolta community is distributed in the Balangir, Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts of Orissa. There are a number of gotras 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 Oriya language and use the Oriya script. They are also conversant with Hindi and Bengali. Their marriage rituals are performed at the bride's residence and the eldest son inherits authority in the family. Divorce and remarriages are allowed. The dead are cremated.

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.

Social control is exercised by the community councils such as the Jati Sabha and Mahasabha. Traditionally they accept water and cooked food from the Brahmin and Karan and accept only water from the Dumala and Gaudh. They share the same religious shrines with other communities.

The Koltas profess Hinduism and worship the gods namely, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Samaleswari, Patneswari and other deities. They observe the Chait Parab, Makara and Nuakhia festivals. They play musical instruments like Dhole or drum, Ektara or a string instrument and the flute.

Religion: Hindu


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Pano people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For the Christian media to reach and touch them through their regional forms and language.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Kolta
People Name in Country Kolta
Population in India 648,000
World Population 648,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Caulota, Kasbi, Kasbi Khelna, Khelda, Khelna, Khelta, Kolota, Kuta, Kutamali, कोल्टा
People ID 17251
ROP3 Code 112619
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 15
Largest States
Odisha
433,000
Chhattisgarh
167,000
Uttar Pradesh
23,000
Madhya Pradesh
18,000
Andhra Pradesh
3,400
Assam
1,900
Jharkhand
700
West Bengal
600
Delhi
400
Uttarakhand
100
Maharashtra
100
Manipur
80
Bihar
60
Tripura
20
Rajasthan
10
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 15
  Odisha 433,000
  Chhattisgarh 167,000
  Uttar Pradesh 23,000
  Madhya Pradesh 18,000
  Andhra Pradesh 3,400
  Assam 1,900
  Jharkhand 700
  West Bengal 600
  Delhi 400
  Uttarakhand 100
  Maharashtra 100
  Manipur 80
  Bihar 60
  Tripura 20
  Rajasthan 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (498,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
87,000
Hindi
51,000
Bengali
4,700
Kui
3,100
Malvi
1,900
Assamese
900
Kurux
400
Munda
300
Koda
200
Garhwali
100
Pengo
80
Santhali
60
Ho
60
Kuvi
50
Other People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Language Odia (498,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 87,000
  Hindi 51,000
  Bengali 4,700
  Kui 3,100
  Malvi 1,900
  Assamese 900
  Kurux 400
  Munda 300
  Koda 200
  Garhwali 100
  Pengo 80
  Santhali 60
  Ho 60
  Kuvi 50
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2004)
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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)
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: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  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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