Dhor Koli in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction

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.


Prayer Focus

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


Scripture Prayers for the Koli Dhor in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Koli Dhor
People Name in Country Koli Dhor
Natural Name Dhor Koli
Population this Country 488,000
Population all Countries 490,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Dhor; Dhor Koli; Kolachi; Kolca; Kolcha; Kolga; Kolgha; Korgha; Korh; Kori; Naik Koli; Tokra Koli; Tokre Koli; कोली ढोर
People ID 17129
ROP3 Code 112478
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 14
Largest States
Maharashtra
267,000
Karnataka
132,000
Gujarat
79,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
3,300
Rajasthan
1,900
Telangana
900
Daman and Diu
900
Madhya Pradesh
200
Andhra Pradesh
100
Delhi
90
Tamil Nadu
60
Kerala
50
Chhattisgarh
30
Goa
30
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 14
  Maharashtra 267,000
  Karnataka 132,000
  Gujarat 79,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 3,300
  Rajasthan 1,900
  Telangana 900
  Daman and Diu 900
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Andhra Pradesh 100
  Delhi 90
  Tamil Nadu 60
  Kerala 50
  Chhattisgarh 30
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (149,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
81,000
Gujarati
59,000
Khandesi
44,000
Ahirani
38,000
Telugu
23,000
Bhili
7,400
Hindi
2,700
Konkani
2,600
Bengali
2,500
Kacchi
800
Marwari
400
Dhundari
200
Urdu
100
Dangi
60
Tulu
60
Primary Language Marathi (149,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 81,000
  Gujarati 59,000
  Khandesi 44,000
  Ahirani 38,000
  Telugu 23,000
  Bhili 7,400
  Hindi 2,700
  Konkani 2,600
  Bengali 2,500
  Kacchi 800
  Marwari 400
  Dhundari 200
  Urdu 100
  Dangi 60
  Tulu 60
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.20 %
Islam
0.25 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.23 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more