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|People Name:||Parja Jodia|
|Christian Adherents:||0.24 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Tribal - Other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
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.
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