Koch (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
71,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Koch of Bangladesh live in a small pocket of land along the Indian border in northwestern Dhaka division. These Koch speak a Tibeto-Burman language, and this distinguishes them from a much larger group of Koch (sometimes spelled Cooch) who speak an Indo-Aryan language. Within Bangladesh the Tibeto- Burman Koch generally continue to follow their traditional "Sonaton" religion, though some say they are Hindu. Most of the Indo-Aryan Koch speakers in Bangladesh have embraced Islam.

Among the Tibeto-Burman Koch there are two groups in Bangladesh: the Tintekiya and the Chapra. The Titekiya, whose name means "three pieces of clothing" and comes from their traditional dress, live in about 19 villages. The Chapra live in only three villages, and in each they are the minority.

Both the Tintekiya and the Chapra Koch are primarily farmers, with some farming their own land and most working as hired day laborers for neighboring Bengalis. They continue to live primarily in Koch villages in simple homes with mud walls and floors and thatched or corrugated tin roofs.

There are also some Koch living in Gazipur near Dhaka. These people's ancestors apparently spoke a Tibeto-Burman variety of Koch, but today these people speak Bangla as their mother tongue. They have little or no communication with the Koch living in northwesterern Dhaka division, but they do still share some cultural traits. Most of these Koch, too, are Sonaton, but possibly one or two families say they are Christian.

The Koch are poor and uneducated. A Christian education and/or community development organization could possibly be a real blessing to the Koch. At the same time, it seems the Koch tend to equate Christianity with opportunities for education and health care and are in great need of someone to share true Christianity with them.


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People Name General Koch (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koch (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 71,000
World Population 189,500
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bashgaria, Koch, Magan, Sanga, कोच (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20018
ROP3 Code 105069
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 11
Largest States
West Bengal
(30,000)
Meghalaya
(29,000)
Bihar
(8,200)
Assam
(1,100)
Tripura
(1,000)
Maharashtra
(200)
Andaman and Nicobar
(200)
Odisha
(200)
Delhi
(100)
Jharkhand
(90)
Uttar Pradesh
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  West Bengal (30,000)
  Meghalaya (29,000)
  Bihar (8,200)
  Assam (1,100)
  Tripura (1,000)
  Maharashtra (200)
  Andaman and Nicobar (200)
  Odisha (200)
  Delhi (100)
  Jharkhand (90)
  Uttar Pradesh (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Koch (36,000 speakers)
Language Code kdq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Rajbanshi
(17,000)
Bengali
(7,800)
Maithili
(2,100)
Hindi
(2,000)
Assamese
(1,300)
Garo
(200)
Khasi
(100)
Boro
(30)
Kinnauri
(20)
Nepali Rabha
People Groups Speaking Koch
Primary Language Koch (36,000 speakers)
Language Code kdq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Rajbanshi (17,000)
  Bengali (7,800)
  Maithili (2,100)
  Hindi (2,000)
  Assamese (1,300)
  Garo (200)
  Khasi (100)
  Boro (30)
  Kinnauri (20)
  Nepali (10)
  Rabha (10)
People Groups Speaking Koch

Primary Language:  Koch

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.27 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.48 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.87 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.37 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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