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Koli Malhar in India

Koli Malhar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
311,000 Marathi Hinduism 0.04 % Unknown   

Koli Malhar in India

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Introduction / History
The Koli are a large people group in western India and are a scheduled tribe. The word Koli means fisherman.

One of their tribes is the Malhar Koli and they are endogamous, meaning they prefer to marry within their group. They are water carriers especially in the places where there is not much rain.

The Koli of Gujarat are fishermen and laborers. They are not vegetarians and eat fish and rice. They speak, read and write in Gujarati. Monogamy is the way for them. Marriage is arranged through discussion. Divorce and marrying again is allowed. On the death of the father, property goes to the sons with the oldest son in charge of the home. The dead are cremated. They have a traditional council to look after them. Hinduism is their religion. They use government benefits that are available to them.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Koli traditional council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that Indian Christians will help lead them to salvation.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:311,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (280,000)Karnataka (9,100)
Madhya Pradesh (7,200)Gujarat (4,400)
Telangana (4,000)Odisha (1,200)
Tamil Nadu (800)Andhra Pradesh (500)
Kerala (200)Chhattisgarh (200)
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People Name in Country: Koli Malhar
People Name General: Koli Malhar
Alternate People Names:
KunumMahratta Kunbi
कोली मल्हार
ROP3 Code: 112578
Joshua Project People ID: 17212
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 311,000
Population all Countries: 311,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Koli Malhar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marathi (259,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mar    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Konkani (34,000)Gujarati (6,000)
Kannada (4,200)Hindi (3,300)
Odia (1,200)Bhili (1,100)
Telugu (800)Ahirani (700)
Konkani, Goan (400)Khandesi (200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism1.05 % 
Christianity0.04 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.53 % 
Islam0.16 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.19 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1807-1957
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1821-2015
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Marathi)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Koli Malhar in India

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