Kori in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

Their name comes from the Hindi word Kora meaning coarse cloth and it refers to their local traditional work of weaving that type of cloth. They are a Scheduled Caste, which means they have low, but not the lowest status among Hindu peoples.


Where Are they Located?

The Kori live mainly in India's states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, but a small number live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kori have a low social standing and are not well off financially. They are often mocked because they are weavers. Some Kori families use power looms. Some with land are farmers but many are landless and work as laborers.

As Hindus, they do not eat beef but they do eat chicken, mutton, pork and eggs. They eat wheat, rice, dairy produce, fruits in season and vegetables. They drink alcohol. They have low literacy levels, so the gospel would need to be given in oral form. Most of the Kori do not use banks but use moneylenders and shopkeepers.

The Kori are endogamous, which means they do not normally marry outside their group. They have adult marriages that are arranged by the elders of both families. They allow for divorce. Divorcees and the bereaved can remarry. Sons inherit the property of the father and the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do the housework and help with weaving and agriculture. The Kori have caste councils who judge things like adultery and divorce. Fines are the usual punishment with excommunication being the last resort.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kori are Hindus and worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses along with community gods. They take part in the major Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests perform their birth, marriage and death rituals. They cremate the dead but bury them if they died either by leprosy or suicide.


What Are Their Needs?

Like other peoples in Bangladesh, the Kori people need the opportunity to find truth, love, blessing, and salvation in Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kori in Bangladesh.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kori people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Kori people would be open and ready to follow him.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kori people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* We pray for the lives and culture of the Kori people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kori people teachable and understanding hearts.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kori
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17263/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kori
People Name in Country Kori
World Population 2,640,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhangar; Kisan; Koli; Koly; Kora; Kora Dobha; Kuda; Kuli; Kura; Kura Kura; Kuraakula; Kurakula; Kuralia; Kuri; Kuria; Kurrakula; Malhar; कोरी
People ID 17263
ROP3 Code 112632
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Rajshahi
5,100
Rangpur
3,700
Sylhet
1,800
Dhaka
200
Khulna
200
Chittagong
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Rajshahi 5,100
  Rangpur 3,700
  Sylhet 1,800
  Dhaka 200
  Khulna 200
  Chittagong 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (8,600 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
1,300
Chittagonian
80
Primary Language Bengali (8,600 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 1,300
  Chittagonian 80
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
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 - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.10 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.40 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.