Kol in India


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

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Introduction / History

In the colonial period, the word kol acquired a pejorative connotation. It became a synonym for the savage, the lowly, those performing menial jobs, the militant and the aggressive. The highest concentration of the Kol people is in Central India. Others are scattered throughout India, but a smaller number are further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In some regions, their traditional and present-day occupation is the collecting and selling fuel of wood and leaves from forest and wage labor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship family deities like Birmidevi and Simoridevi, village deities, and regional deities.


What Are Their Needs?

An animistic, polytheistic worldview is an obstacle to faith in Christ, but not an insurmountable obstacle. Many workers are needed to carry the good news about Christ to the several language groups within the Kol community.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kol in India.

There are a few followers of Christ among the Kol community. Pray they will experience Christ's love that surpasses knowledge. Pray the Kol community will increasingly hunger to know the creator God. Pray for people of faith to demonstrate to the Kol the power of Jesus to free them from bondage to the deities they serve.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-26
People Name General Kol
People Name in Country Kol
Pronunciation kohl
Population this Country 2,050,000
Population all Countries 2,053,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 41
Alternate Names Gonthiya; Kolari; Kole; Kolian; Rautia; कॉल
People ID 17239
ROP3 Code 112607
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh
1,360,000
Uttar Pradesh
472,000
West Bengal
83,000
Jharkhand
64,000
Chhattisgarh
25,000
Uttarakhand
14,000
Bihar
13,000
Maharashtra
8,000
Odisha
4,700
Assam
4,300
Tripura
1,300
Rajasthan
400
Andaman and Nicobar
300
Delhi
200
Goa
30
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 16
  Madhya Pradesh 1,360,000
  Uttar Pradesh 472,000
  West Bengal 83,000
  Jharkhand 64,000
  Chhattisgarh 25,000
  Uttarakhand 14,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Maharashtra 8,000
  Odisha 4,700
  Assam 4,300
  Tripura 1,300
  Rajasthan 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 300
  Delhi 200
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,476,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 49
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
67,000
Bhojpuri
64,000
Bagheli
62,000
Chhattisgarhi
50,000
Angika
18,000
Kurux
9,800
Bundeli
9,500
Garhwali
6,600
Odia
4,800
Assamese
2,200
Marathi
1,700
Gondi, Northern
1,000
Ho
800
Magahi
700
Santhali
700
Primary Language Hindi (1,476,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 49
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 67,000
  Bhojpuri 64,000
  Bagheli 62,000
  Chhattisgarhi 50,000
  Angika 18,000
  Kurux 9,800
  Bundeli 9,500
  Garhwali 6,600
  Odia 4,800
  Assamese 2,200
  Marathi 1,700
  Gondi, Northern 1,000
  Ho 800
  Magahi 700
  Santhali 700
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.27 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.47 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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