Kori in India


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

Introduction / History

The Kori are a Scheduled Caste of India living in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. 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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Uttar Pradesh the Kori speak Hindi. In Maharashtra they speak Marathi as well as a Hindi dialect. In Madhya Pradesh they speak Hindi, Malwi and Nimadi. They read and write in Devanagari. They speak Oriya in Orissa and read and write in Oriya. The Kori have a low social standing and are not well off financially. They are often mocked because they are weavers. The Kori of today are weavers except in Maharashtra where they are laborers, fruit sellers or in agriculture. 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. In Maharashtra they do not eat pork. They eat wheat, rice, dairy produce, fruits in season and vegetables. They are allowed alcohol. They have low literacy levels, so the gospel would need to be given in oral form. They use modern and traditional medicines and like family planning except in Orissa. 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 believe in monogamy and adult marriages that are arranged by the elders of both families. Cross cousin marriages are allowed except in Madhya Pradesh. A dowry is given except in Maharashtra. Divorce is allowed if approved socially. 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 and they have community gods too. They take part in the major Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests do birth, marriage and death rituals. They mostly cremate the dead but bury them in cases such as leprosy or suicides. Very young children are buried. Ashes are immersed in a river, the Ganges being favored. They have birth and death pollution set periods.


What Are Their Needs?

It is said that if the Kori make good use of government assistance they would not be so poor. If their children were educated they would have a better future.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Kori realise Jesus Christ will accept them as they are as weavers and that they will give their lives to Him.


Scripture Prayers for the Kori in India.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kori


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kori
People Name in Country Kori
Population this Country 3,039,000
Population all Countries 3,065,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 61
Alternate Names Dhangar; Kisan; Koli; Koly; Kora; Kora Dobha; Kuda; Kuli; Kura; Kura Kura; Kuraakula; Kurakula; Kuralia; Kuri; Kuria; Kurrakula; Malhar; कोरी
People ID 17263
ROP3 Code 112632
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,701,000
West Bengal
188,000
Odisha
64,000
Jharkhand
39,000
Bihar
20,000
Chhattisgarh
10,000
Karnataka
8,900
Rajasthan
4,500
Andhra Pradesh
1,400
Andaman and Nicobar
800
Tamil Nadu
700
Nagaland
500
Maharashtra
300
Telangana
200
Delhi
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 19
  Uttar Pradesh 2,701,000
  West Bengal 188,000
  Odisha 64,000
  Jharkhand 39,000
  Bihar 20,000
  Chhattisgarh 10,000
  Karnataka 8,900
  Rajasthan 4,500
  Andhra Pradesh 1,400
  Andaman and Nicobar 800
  Tamil Nadu 700
  Nagaland 500
  Maharashtra 300
  Telangana 200
  Delhi 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,821,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
196,000
Bhojpuri
152,000
Bengali
105,000
Kanauji
97,000
Bundeli
61,000
Odia
50,000
Koda
41,000
Santhali
24,000
Braj Bhasha
6,300
Chhattisgarhi
3,800
Kannada
3,500
Kurux
3,200
Mundari
3,000
Bagheli
2,900
Gujarati
1,700
Primary Language Hindi (1,821,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 196,000
  Bhojpuri 152,000
  Bengali 105,000
  Kanauji 97,000
  Bundeli 61,000
  Odia 50,000
  Koda 41,000
  Santhali 24,000
  Braj Bhasha 6,300
  Chhattisgarhi 3,800
  Kannada 3,500
  Kurux 3,200
  Mundari 3,000
  Bagheli 2,900
  Gujarati 1,700
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.40 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.13 %
Islam
0.02 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.27 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more