Parya in Uzbekistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Parya, or Laghmani, people are of the Tajik people cluster.

Where Are they Located?

They are found in the Hissar Valley in Tajikistan, in the Surkhandarya Valley in Uzbekistan, and some in Afghanistan, in the Laghman province, which is northeast of Kabul.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their heart language is Parya which may either be a dialect of Marwari which is related to Punjabi, or the Laghman dialect of the Southeastern Pashayi of Afghanistan. Parya is the exclusive language spoken in Parya homes and Tajik or Uzbek men who marry Parya women must learn the language and become assimilated into the community. Many Parya are bilingual, with Tajiki being their second language.

The Parya are originally from Laghman, however they spread to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 1880. They often refer to themselves as Changgars. The Parya are mostly farmers. Many work on collective farms and grow rice as their primary crop. They also grow some fruits and corn.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Parya are Sunni Muslims. There are few, if any known Christians among them. They have no resources available to them in Parya.

People Name General Parya
People Name in Country Parya
Population in Uzbekistan 1,100
World Population 5,200
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Afghana-Yi Nasfurush, Changgars, Laghmani, Pbharya
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Tajik
People Name General Parya
Ethnic Code CNT24z
People ID 14324
Country Uzbekistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Upper Surkhandarya Valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Parya (1,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Parya 1,100
For Primary Language: Parya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project 
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