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Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Koli people are also called Dongar or Raj Koli. Generally, Koli means a fisherman, but the Koli people's primary occupation is agriculture. One of their subgroups are those who originated in Pakistan's Sindh. Some live in India. They speak Gujarati and Sindhi.

What are their lives like?
Their staple food consists of rice, nagli, varai and wheat. Other than agriculture they are also involved in cattle production, dairy and poultry farming and wage labor as subsidiary occupations.
The Koli of Sindh live in nuclear families. Bride price plays an important part in marriage. The marriage ceremony lasts for three to four days. They allow for divorce and remarriage. They bury their dead, but in some cases they cremate.

What are their beliefs?
Most of the Koli subgroups follow a number of Hindu traditions. Members of each clan have their own deity.

What are their needs?
The Koli need the opportunity to allow Jesus Christ to enrich their lives physically, economically and spiritually. Some Koli villages are without electricity. Solar panels would greatly improve their lives. They often lack access to clean water and modern medicine. The Koli of Sindh must hear and understand the message about Jesus Christ to have their sins forgiven and to obtain eternal life.

Prayer Points
Pray for a movement to Christ among this Koli community in Pakistan.
Pray for more literacy and development programs and better schools.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive all Koli subgroups to Jesus Christ.

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:38,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (37,000)Balochistan (300)
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People Name in Country: Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
कोली ऑफ सिंड (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112672
Joshua Project People ID: 17294
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 38,000
Population all Countries: 132,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (32,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (3,500)Koli, Parkari (1,800)
Kacchi (600)Koli, Kachi (400)
Koli, Wadiyari (300)Saraiki (300)
Urdu (80)Gurgula (40)
Total Languages: 9
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.52 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.48 % 
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Koli of Sind (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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