Boya in India


Population
3,990,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Boya can be found throughout Andhra Pradesh. However, they are found mainly in the Kurnool, Anantapur and Guntur districts. They speak Telugu and use Telugu script for writing. They are called 'Boya' in Andhra Pradesh, 'Boyar' in Tamil nadu and 'Bhovi' in Karnataka. Boya, Boyar, Boyi, Bhovi are the hereditary and clan titles. Boyar caste consists of many gotras.

The Boya are considered one of the oldest castes and origin among many castes in India. The Boyars migrated from Indo-Iran around 5th century BC to Indian sub-continent and later 9th century to Turkey, Ireland and Romania. Boyars have Dravidian roots came from indus valley invaded south region. Boyars are mainly found in South India as Hindu Telugu speaking community and non-pure kshatriyas. The Boyar arrived in Andhra - Orissa region during Indo-Aryan migration around 5th century BC. Boyar warriors served as military regiment between 10th century to 15th century in Chalukya, Chola, Vijayanagar and Hoysala empires.

The Musunuri Nayaks were Boyars and Kamma warrior chieftains in the Kakatiya army, who regained Andhra in 1326 from the Delhi Sultanate in the aftermath of the Kakatiya defeat. King Pratapa Rudras Kakatiya kingdom was served by seventy five chieftains called Nayaks. The Nayaks who belonged to various agrarian castes such as Boyar, Velama, Kamma, Reddy, Telaga, Balija, etc. were divided by mutual jealousy and rivalry but they are valiant cousins. Later in 17th century Boyars distinguished themselves as smiths, sculptors, nobles, leaders, priests, landlords, temple sculptors, arm traders and sea farers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Rice, ragi and jowar are their stable cereals. Agriculture is their main occupation. They also work as labourers on an annual wage basis. Child labour is prevalent. They live in nuclear families and follow patrilocal residence. Marriages are arranged by parents and dowry is a popular practice. A divorced man can remarry but a divorced woman is not allowed to remarry. Cross-cousin and maternal uncle-nice marriages have preference. The dead are buried. Only a small number of them are employed in government offices. They worship gods such as Malavobulesu, Chettu Devara and Mabbu Devara.

On special occasions young boys perform a folk dance called Kilata or Kolanna. New clothes are offered during the Ugadi and Sankranti festivals as a form ancestor worship. They work as labourers who set up pandals and carry lights on festive occasion. The Boya are not supposed to accept food from the Sugali and Vaddi communities.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Boya people.
* For various developmental programs.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-11
People Name General Boya
People Name in Country Boya
Population in India 3,990,000
World Population 4,007,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 79
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bedar, Bestha, Bhovi, Boya, Boyar, Boyi, Chaduru, Chaduru Boya, Chinna, Chudinayakulu, Donga Boya, Dora, Ellapi, Gangavar, Gentu, Gunta, Gurikara, Kalawathilla Boya, Kavalivaru (Naidu), Kirathaka, Mutharasulu, Naicker, Naidu, Nayakudu, Nishad, Nishadas, Oddar, Pedda, Sabari, Sunkulamma Boya, Talari, Vaddar, Vaidu, Valmiki, Waidu, Yellapulu, बोया
People ID 16518
ROP3 Code 111690
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Boya
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups on file 6
Largest Subgroups
Pedda
45,000
Kannada
18,000
Sadaru
1,400
Makkalsantan
400
Chinna
0
Myasa
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Boya
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups 6
  Pedda 45,000
  Kannada 18,000
  Sadaru 1,400
  Makkalsantan 400
  Chinna 0
  Myasa 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu
1,851,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,781,000
Karnataka
312,000
Maharashtra
18,000
Puducherry
11,000
Telangana
3,000
Goa
2,400
Kerala
2,300
Odisha
2,200
West Bengal
1,600
Delhi
1,600
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Madhya Pradesh
700
Assam
500
Uttar Pradesh
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  Tamil Nadu 1,851,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,781,000
  Karnataka 312,000
  Maharashtra 18,000
  Puducherry 11,000
  Telangana 3,000
  Goa 2,400
  Kerala 2,300
  Odisha 2,200
  West Bengal 1,600
  Delhi 1,600
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Madhya Pradesh 700
  Assam 500
  Uttar Pradesh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,845,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Tamil
596,000
Kannada
535,000
Konkani
6,200
Malayalam
2,700
Konkani, Goan
1,900
Marathi
1,300
Tulu
1,000
Odia
400
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (2,845,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 596,000
  Kannada 535,000
  Konkani 6,200
  Malayalam 2,700
  Konkani, Goan 1,900
  Marathi 1,300
  Tulu 1,000
  Odia 400
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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