Koli (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 54 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Thakur 582,000
Kotwal 493,000
Talabda 369,000
Koli of Gujarat 244,000
Baria 130,000
Thakarda 110,000
Pagi 75,000
Chunwalia 67,000
Khant 46,000
Rathda 41,000

Introduction / History

The term Koli means fisherman. According to legend the Koli claim to be descendents from the Black Dwarf that came forth from the body of King Vena. Numbering more than 12 million, they are one of the largest communities of western India. The Koli constitute of a number of communities with various occupations and cultural identities while still remaining Koli. As their name implies, fishing is common. Some are laborers, agriculturists, water carriers, boatmen and some raise animals. Some Koli have advanced education and have positioned themselves well within society and government, but the majority live within the lower strata of society.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Koli live mostly in the villages and towns of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. They live the simple life of agriculturalists. However, as technology has entered into the life of most people they are also aware of the life available in the city and have experienced a few of the material benefits that can be obtained.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all of Koli are Hindu while a very few practice Islam. The eldest son inherits the father's authority. The Koli cremate their dead and practice death pollution for eleven days. The Koli worship Guar Mati and Holi Mata among other deities of Hinduism. They also believe in ghosts and spirits. Depending on the region, they will celebrate the Namiya festival associated with fishing as well as Karbha, Bahan and other common festivals. A Brahmin priest will officiate at religious activities as well as rituals associated with the cycles of life.


Prayer Points

* Ask God that workers will be sent to every district and village.
* Pray that God will raise up Koli evangelists that will have a heart to reach their own.
* Pray that God will send film teams that will present the life and death of Jesus.
* Pray that the God who has set eternity in their hearts will prepare their hearts for the Gospel.


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-28
People Name General Koli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koli (Hindu traditions)
World Population 5,065,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 100
Alternate Names Bunkar, Buntar, Chamar-Julaha, Dhimar, Kabaria Dagi, Kaperdia, Kapre, Kili, Koda, Koli of Gujarat, Koli Patel, Kora, Koral, Kori, Koria, Kuli, Macchi Koli, Machhi Koli, Machikoli, Mahar-Kili, Malhar, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Tantubais, Taru, कोली
People ID 17247
ROP3 Code 112615
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Koli (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Total Subgroups 54 (only 15 largest shown)
  Thakur 582,000
  Kotwal 493,000
  Talabda 369,000
  Koli of Gujarat 244,000
  Baria 130,000
  Thakarda 110,000
  Pagi 75,000
  Chunwalia 67,000
  Khant 46,000
  Rathda 41,000
Country India
Region South Asia
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 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,559,000
Madhya Pradesh
710,000
Himachal Pradesh
529,000
Rajasthan
513,000
Delhi
234,000
Gujarat
149,000
Haryana
75,000
Maharashtra
59,000
Telangana
58,000
Uttarakhand
43,000
Karnataka
35,000
Tamil Nadu
22,000
Punjab
9,400
Chhattisgarh
6,500
West Bengal
6,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,559,000
  Madhya Pradesh 710,000
  Himachal Pradesh 529,000
  Rajasthan 513,000
  Delhi 234,000
  Gujarat 149,000
  Haryana 75,000
  Maharashtra 59,000
  Telangana 58,000
  Uttarakhand 43,000
  Karnataka 35,000
  Tamil Nadu 22,000
  Punjab 9,400
  Chhattisgarh 6,500
  West Bengal 6,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,369,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
175,000
Gujarati
161,000
Pahari, Mahasu
144,000
Bhojpuri
142,000
Dhundari
118,000
Kanauji
114,000
Bundeli
84,000
Mandeali
81,000
Marwari
63,000
Telugu
57,000
Punjabi, Eastern
56,000
Kacchi
56,000
Kangri
51,000
Pahari, Kullu
42,000
Marathi
30,000
Primary Language Hindi (3,369,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 175,000
  Gujarati 161,000
  Pahari, Mahasu 144,000
  Bhojpuri 142,000
  Dhundari 118,000
  Kanauji 114,000
  Bundeli 84,000
  Mandeali 81,000
  Marwari 63,000
  Telugu 57,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 56,000
  Kacchi 56,000
  Kangri 51,000
  Pahari, Kullu 42,000
  Marathi 30,000
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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.33 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.48 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.01 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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