Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Koli people are also called Dongar or Raj Koli. Generally, Koli means a fisherman, but the Koli people's primary occupation is agriculture. One of their subgroups are those who originated in Pakistan's Sindh. Some live in India. They speak Gujarati and Sindhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their staple food consists of rice, nagli, varai and wheat. Other than agriculture they are also involved in cattle production, dairy and poultry farming and wage labor as subsidiary occupations.

The Koli of Sindh live in nuclear families. Bride price plays an important part in marriage. The marriage ceremony lasts for three to four days. They allow for divorce and remarriage. They bury their dead, but in some cases they cremate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Koli subgroups follow a number of Hindu traditions. Members of each clan have their own deity.


What Are Their Needs?

The Koli need the opportunity to allow Jesus Christ to enrich their lives physically, economically and spiritually. Some Koli villages are without electricity. Solar panels would greatly improve their lives. They often lack access to clean water and modern medicine. The Koli of Sindh must hear and understand the message about Jesus Christ to have their sins forgiven and to obtain eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement to Christ among this Koli community.

Pray for more literacy and development programs and better schools.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive all Koli subgroups to Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

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


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People Name General Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names कोली ऑफ सिंड (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 95,000
Population all Countries 134,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17294
ROP3 Code 112672
ROP25 Code 304134
ROP25 Name Koli
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 10
Largest States
Gujarat
73,000
Maharashtra
9,100
Rajasthan
6,600
Uttar Pradesh
3,700
Karnataka
400
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Kerala
40
Punjab
20
Haryana
10
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Gujarat 73,000
  Maharashtra 9,100
  Rajasthan 6,600
  Uttar Pradesh 3,700
  Karnataka 400
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Kerala 40
  Punjab 20
  Haryana 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (37,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
32,000
Kacchi
6,200
Marwari (India)
1,500
Hindi
1,000
Koli, Wadiyari
300
Marathi
100
Primary Language Gujarati (37,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 32,000
  Kacchi 6,200
  Marwari (India) 1,500
  Hindi 1,000
  Koli, Wadiyari 300
  Marathi 100
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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