Kuli in India


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

Introduction / History

The Kuli live in Odisha and are a scheduled caste. They speak, read and write in Oriya, the language of Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kuli are landowners. Their main work is weaving and farming. They have a traditional and regional council to look after their interests. They love music and dance. They are usually monogamous. Divorce is allowed if the community agrees to it. Though they are Hindus they bury their dead. Sons inherit the family property when the father dies. The oldest son gets the most in the inheritance and he takes charge as family head.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kuli people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kuli people need to experience the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will lead them into a movement to Jesus Christ. Pray that the council leaders will open the doors for their people to accept salvation in Christ alone. Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to the empty grave. Pray for intercessors and workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Kuli in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kuli
People Name in Country Kuli
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 20,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Koli; Kori; Kulia; Kuliga; Mulia; Muliga; Muliya; कुली
People ID 17314
ROP3 Code 112694
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 8
Largest States
Odisha
16,000
West Bengal
1,400
Andhra Pradesh
500
Telangana
300
Tripura
200
Tamil Nadu
90
Maharashtra
20
Arunachal Pradesh
10
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 8
  Odisha 16,000
  West Bengal 1,400
  Andhra Pradesh 500
  Telangana 300
  Tripura 200
  Tamil Nadu 90
  Maharashtra 20
  Arunachal Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
1,000
Telugu
500
Kharia
400
Chhattisgarhi
300
Hindi
100
Kurux
70
Koya
70
Kuvi
60
Garo
40
Tamil Marathi Koda
Assamese Gujarati Kolami, Northwestern
Primary Language Odia (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 1,000
  Telugu 500
  Kharia 400
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Hindi 100
  Kurux 70
  Koya 70
  Kuvi 60
  Garo 40
  Tamil 10
  Marathi 10
  Koda 0
  Assamese 0
  Gujarati 0
  Kolami, Northwestern 0
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.22 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.63 %
Islam
0.08 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.05 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more