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Kori in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Kori in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Their name comes from the Hindi word Kora meaning coarse cloth and it refers to their local traditional work of weaving that type of cloth. They are a Scheduled Caste, which means they have low, but not the lowest status among Hindu peoples.

Where are they located?
The Kori live mainly in India's states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, but a small number live in Bangladesh or Nepal.

What are their lives like?
The Kori have a low social standing and are not well off financially. They are often mocked because they are weavers. Some Kori families use power looms. Some with land are farmers but many are landless and work as laborers.

As Hindus, they do not eat beef but they do eat chicken, mutton, pork and eggs. They eat wheat, rice, dairy produce, fruits in season and vegetables. They drink alcohol. They have low literacy levels, so the gospel would need to be given in oral form. Most of the Kori do not use banks but use moneylenders and shopkeepers.

The Kori are endogamous, which means they do not normally marry outside their group. They have adult marriages that are arranged by the elders of both families. They allow for divorce. Divorcees and the bereaved can remarry. Sons inherit the property of the father and the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do the housework and help with weaving and agriculture. The Kori have caste councils who judge things like adultery and divorce. Fines are the usual punishment with excommunication being the last resort.

What are their beliefs?
The Kori are Hindus and worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses along with community gods. They take part in the major Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests perform their birth, marriage and death rituals. They cremate the dead but bury them if they died either by leprosy or suicide.

What are their needs?
Like other peoples in Nepal, the Kori people need the opportunity to find truth, love, blessing, and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kori people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Kori people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kori people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
We pray for the lives and culture of the Kori people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kori people teachable and understanding hearts.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:14,000
Largest Provinces:
Lumbini (8,700)Bheri (5,100)
Rapti (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kori
People Name General: Kori
Alternate People Names:
KoraKora Dobha
KuraKura Kura
ROP3 Code: 112632
Joshua Project People ID: 17263
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 3,088,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Kori
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Awadhi (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): awa    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Maithili (200)Hindi (60)
Bhojpuri (30)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1820-1911
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2000-2005
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Awadhi
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Kori in Nepal

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Kori Nepal    
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