Kol in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

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

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Kol in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kol
People Name in Country Kol
Pronunciation kohl
Alternate Names Gonthiya; Kolari; Kole; Kolian; Rautia; कॉल
Population this Country 2,093,000
Population all Countries 2,096,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 42
People ID 17239
ROP3 Code 112607
ROP25 Code 304125
ROP25 Name Kol (India)
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Madhya Pradesh
1,387,000
Uttar Pradesh
480,000
West Bengal
90,000
Jharkhand
64,000
Chhattisgarh
26,000
Uttarakhand
14,000
Bihar
13,000
Maharashtra
8,200
Odisha
4,800
Assam
4,600
Tripura
1,300
Rajasthan
400
Andaman and Nicobar
300
Delhi
300
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Madhya Pradesh 1,387,000
  Uttar Pradesh 480,000
  West Bengal 90,000
  Jharkhand 64,000
  Chhattisgarh 26,000
  Uttarakhand 14,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Maharashtra 8,200
  Odisha 4,800
  Assam 4,600
  Tripura 1,300
  Rajasthan 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 300
  Delhi 300
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.23 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.50 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (1,445,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 59
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
71,000
Bhojpuri
65,000
Chhattisgarhi
50,000
Bundeli
40,000
Bagheli
31,000
Santhali
23,000
Kurux
18,000
Maithili
11,000
Garhwali
6,600
Ho
5,100
Assamese
2,300
Odia
2,200
Angika
2,100
Marathi
1,800
Koli, Kachi
1,200
Primary Language Hindi (1,445,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 59
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 71,000
  Bhojpuri 65,000
  Chhattisgarhi 50,000
  Bundeli 40,000
  Bagheli 31,000
  Santhali 23,000
  Kurux 18,000
  Maithili 11,000
  Garhwali 6,600
  Ho 5,100
  Assamese 2,300
  Odia 2,200
  Angika 2,100
  Marathi 1,800
  Koli, Kachi 1,200
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  (1818-2022)
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Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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