Koli of Gujarat in India

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

Subgroups: 9

Subgroup Name Population
Thakur 587,000
Kotwal 493,000
Talabda 365,000
Baria 124,000
Thakarda 110,000
Pagi 77,000
Chunwalia 67,000
Ghedia 22,000
Divachakoli Unknown

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 live in Gujarat and speak Gujarati. These Gujarati speakers also live in other areas of India though they are less populous outside Gujarat.


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.

They 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 Gujarati Koli follow a number of Hindu traditions. Members of each clan have their own deity.


What Are Their Needs?

The Koli of Gujarat 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 Gujarat 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 Gujarat in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Koli of Gujarat
People Name in Country Koli of Gujarat
Population this Country 9,821,000
Population all Countries 9,821,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 196
Alternate Names Macchi Koli; Machikoli; कोली ऑफ गुजरात
People ID 21555
ROP3 Code 118356
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Koli of Gujarat
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 9
  Thakur 587,000
  Kotwal 493,000
  Talabda 365,000
  Baria 124,000
  Thakarda 110,000
  Pagi 77,000
  Chunwalia 67,000
  Ghedia 22,000
  Divachakoli 0
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 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
9,587,000
Daman and Diu
53,000
Madhya Pradesh
34,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
21,000
Tamil Nadu
15,000
Rajasthan
8,800
Delhi
6,700
Karnataka
6,300
West Bengal
6,100
Telangana
2,000
Uttar Pradesh
1,900
Jharkhand
1,600
Maharashtra
1,300
Chhattisgarh
1,000
Andhra Pradesh
500
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 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Gujarat 9,587,000
  Daman and Diu 53,000
  Madhya Pradesh 34,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 21,000
  Tamil Nadu 15,000
  Rajasthan 8,800
  Delhi 6,700
  Karnataka 6,300
  West Bengal 6,100
  Telangana 2,000
  Uttar Pradesh 1,900
  Jharkhand 1,600
  Maharashtra 1,300
  Chhattisgarh 1,000
  Andhra Pradesh 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (7,766,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
516,000
Marathi
35,000
Kacchi
23,000
Koli, Wadiyari
21,000
Saurashtra
12,000
Konkani
6,500
Ahirani
2,300
Marwari
1,000
Dangi
600
Primary Language Gujarati (7,766,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 516,000
  Marathi 35,000
  Kacchi 23,000
  Koli, Wadiyari 21,000
  Saurashtra 12,000
  Konkani 6,500
  Ahirani 2,300
  Marwari 1,000
  Dangi 600
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Jesus Film Project
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.54 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.45 %
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.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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