Koli Dhor in India

Koli Dhor
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People Name: Koli Dhor
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 489,000
World Population: 491,400
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.20 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

A scheduled tribe, the Dhor Koli have derived their name from the word dhor, meaning cattle. The Dhor Koli are divided into two endogamous (marry within) occupational divisions, namely Dhor Koli and Tokra Koli, and each is divided into various clans.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their traditional vocation has been the tanning of cattle hides, but today many are involved with other agricultural pursuits. Community control is accomplished jointly by the community head and the village heads, both being hereditary positions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion combines some traditional as well as Hindu elements.

What Are Their Needs?

Lack of access to the gospel by most of these people is an ongoing problem.

Prayer Points

Several hundred Dhor Koli have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray these people will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit and that they will grow to become Christ-like in character, representing him well.

Please pray this large tribe will be sent missionaries to disciple them in the ways of Christ.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Dhor Koli people a hunger for truth and righteousness, pointing them to Jesus Christ.

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