Koli Dhor in India

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Koli Dhor
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People Name: Koli Dhor
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 453,000
World Population: 453,000
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.19 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Marathi-Konkani
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


A Scheduled Tribe, the Koli Dhor have derived their name from the word dhor, meaning cattle. The Koli Dhor are divided into two endogamous (marry within) occupational divisions, namely Dhor Koli and Tokra Koli, and each is divided into various clans. Their traditional vocation has been the tanning of cattle hides, but today many are involved with other agricultural pursuits. Community control is accomplished jointly by the community head and the village heads, both being hereditary positions. Their religion combines some traditional as well as Hindu elements.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of access to the Gospel by most of these people is an ongoing problem.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the followers of Christ among this community will become strong enough and numerous enough to effectively take the good news of Jesus to the entire people group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several hundred Koli Dhor have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these people will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit and that they will grow to become Christ-like in character, representing him well.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this large tribe will be sent missionaries to help them learn of Christ.

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