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Koli of Gujarat in India

Koli of Gujarat

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9,821,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.54 % Unknown   

Koli of Gujarat in India

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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 live in Gujarat and speak Gujarati. These Gujarati speakers also live in other areas of India though they are less populous outside Gujarat.

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.

They 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 Gujarati Koli follow a number of Hindu traditions. Members of each clan have their own deity.

What are their needs?
The Koli of Gujarat 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 Gujarat 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.

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: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:9,821,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (9,587,000)Daman and Diu (53,000)
Madhya Pradesh (34,000)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (21,000)
Tamil Nadu (15,000)Rajasthan (8,800)
Delhi (6,700)Karnataka (6,300)
West Bengal (6,100)Telangana (2,000)
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People Name in Country: Koli of Gujarat
People Name General: Koli of Gujarat
Alternate People Names:
Macchi KoliMachikoli
कोली ऑफ गुजरात
ROP3 Code: 118356
Joshua Project People ID: 21555
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,821,000
Population all Countries: 9,821,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Koli of Gujarat
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (7,766,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (516,000)Marathi (35,000)
Kacchi (23,000)Koli, Wadiyari (21,000)
Saurashtra (12,000)Konkani (6,500)
Ahirani (2,300)Marwari (1,000)
Dangi (600)
Total Languages: 10
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.54 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.45 % 
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: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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Koli of Gujarat in India

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