Kolhati in India

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

Introduction / History

The Kolhati are a nomadic caste that lives in western Indian. The word Kolhat comes from a word meaning bamboo pole, which they use for jumping. During the British period they were classified as a vagrant and criminal class. One British account has Kolhati men hunting wild boars with only spears and dogs, an act which takes considerable courage. The wild pigs do much damage to crops so the farmers would hire Kolhati men to decrease the local boar population. A successful hunt would also provide a feast for the village.

The traditional occupation of the Kolhati was as traveling entertainers. They would play music, sing, dance, perform dramas and do acrobatics for rural villages for Hindu holidays and family celebrations. Women would tell fortunes at the villages where the Kolhati visited.

The main language of the Kolhati is Marathi. Many also speak Hindi, Kannada and Gujarati, which allow them to conduct business with outsiders. Many Christian resources are available in Marathi including the whole Bible and JESUS Film. Since many Kolhati are unable to read, the gospel will need to be presented to them in visual and audio form.


Where Are they Located?

The Kolhati are a Hindu people living mainly in Maharashtra, a state in western India. A smaller group resides in Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Now many Kolhati are employed as landless agricultural laborers. They still perform at Hindu temples although this is no longer their man source of income. Their women and girls are known for tamasha, a Marathi dance which combines singing and drama.
The Kolhati marry within their group with families arranging marriages. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming head of the family upon the death of his father. A caste council promotes their interests and settles legal disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kolhati people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They pay special reverence to Vishnu, the preserver god. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kolhati people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Being a nomadic group presents many problems for the Kolhati. Often Kolhati children are unable to attend school on a regular basis. They need to learn new job skills so they can improve their standard of living and overcome their reputation as thieves. Most of all, the Kolhati need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kolhati in India.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Kolhati people that will transform them to be more like Christ.
* Pray for the Kolhati people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Kolhati people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Kolhati disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Kolhati communities.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolhati
https://www.dalitweb.org/?p=2556
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqpex3A1O30
http://www.indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kolhati
https://www.tumblr.com/search/kolhati%20women


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kolhati
People Name in Country Kolhati
World Population 29,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Badia; Beaja; Biria; Dombani; Dombari; Dukar; Kelkari; Khelkari; Kolhatigi; Kolthati; कोलहती
People ID 17246
ROP3 Code 112614
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 4
Largest States
Maharashtra
27,000
Karnataka
1,200
Madhya Pradesh
500
Goa
100
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 4
  Maharashtra 27,000
  Karnataka 1,200
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Goa 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Marathi (24,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Kannada
1,100
Hindi
1,100
Ahirani
1,000
Gujarati
800
Konkani
400
Khandesi
200
Konkani, Goan
100
Nimadi
100
Primary Language Marathi (24,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 1,100
  Hindi 1,100
  Ahirani 1,000
  Gujarati 800
  Konkani 400
  Khandesi 200
  Konkani, Goan 100
  Nimadi 100
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  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.21 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.79 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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