The Paroja in Orissa are a scheduled tribe. They speak Parji and are not vegetarians. They are monogamous and prefer cousin marriages. The bereaved can marry again. The dead are buried or cremated. A village council looks after them. Agriculture is their main work. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form and not simply in written form.
In West Bengal, the Paroja work on tea plantations. They eat wheat and rice. They speak Oriya and Hindi and read and write in Oriya and Devanagari. Marriage is just within the community. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. Hinduism is their religion. They use modern medicines. They are educated to at least primary school level.
In Assam, the Paroja work as laborers. Most of them cannot read or write, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form there too.
They live in Andhra Pradesh and some other states.
* Scripture Prayers for the Parja Jodia in India.
* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Parja Jodia|
|People Name in Country||Parja Jodia|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Jhodia; Jhodia Paroja; Jhodiya Paroja; परजा जोड़िया|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Odia (6,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||ory Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Odia
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1809-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Odia|
|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 Odia|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|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: ODIA - Oriya|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|