Kol in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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Introduction / History

In the colonial period, the word kol acquired a pejorative connotation. It became a synonym for the savage, the lowly, those performing menial jobs, the militant and the aggressive. The highest concentration of the Kol people is in Central India. Others are scattered throughout India, but a smaller number are further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In some regions, their traditional and present-day occupation is the collecting and selling fuel of wood and leaves from forest and wage labor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship family deities like Birmidevi and Simoridevi, village deities, and regional deities.


What Are Their Needs?

An animistic, polytheistic worldview is an obstacle to faith in Christ, but not an insurmountable obstacle. Many workers are needed to carry the good news about Christ to the several language groups within the Kol community.


Prayer Points

There are a few followers of Christ among the Kol community. Pray they will experience Christ's love that surpasses knowledge. Pray the Kol community will increasingly hunger to know the creator God. Pray for people of faith to demonstrate to the Kol the power of Jesus to free them from bondage to the deities they serve.


Scripture Prayers for the Kol in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Kol
People Name in Country Kol
Pronunciation kohl
Population this Country 3,200
Population all Countries 2,088,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gonthiya; Kolari; Kole; Kolian; Rautia; कॉल
People ID 17239
ROP3 Code 112607
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Rangpur
1,400
Khulna
1,000
Rajshahi
700
Chittagong
70
Dhaka
30
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Rangpur 1,400
  Khulna 1,000
  Rajshahi 700
  Chittagong 70
  Dhaka 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more