Parja Jodia in India

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People Name: Parja Jodia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 15,000
World Population: 15,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.24 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

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.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation.

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