Boya in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Boyars migrated from Indo-Iran around 5th century BC to Indian sub-continent and later 9th century to Turkey, Ireland and Romania. Boyas have Dravidian roots came from Indus Valley invaded south region. The Boyar arrived in Andhra - Odisha 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.
The Boya community has many gotras. The Boya are considered one of the oldest castes and origin among many castes in India. The Boya can be found throughout Andhra Pradesh, but some are in Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Rice, ragi and jowar are their stable cereals. Agriculture is their main occupation. They also work as laborers on an annual wage basis. Only a small number are employed in government offices. Child labor 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.
Unlike most Hindu communities, the Boya bury their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus 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 laborers who set up pandals and carry lights on festive occasion.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all other peoples of the world, this people group needs the blessings and guidance that only Jesus Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

Pray for the salvation of entire Boya families. May they take the name of Christ to other families.
Pray for various developmental programs to improve their lives.
Pray for loving workers to go to the Boya people.


Scripture Prayers for the Boya in Sri Lanka.


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Boya
People Name in Country Boya
Pronunciation BOW-yah
Alternate Names Bedar; Bestha; Bhovi; 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
Population this Country 17,000
Population all Countries 4,824,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16518
ROP3 Code 111690
ROP25 Code 301401
ROP25 Name Boya
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Central
9,700
Uva
3,500
Sabaragamuwa
1,800
Western
1,500
Southern
300
North Western
200
Eastern
100
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 7
  Central 9,700
  Uva 3,500
  Sabaragamuwa 1,800
  Western 1,500
  Southern 300
  North Western 200
  Eastern 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
14.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
86.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Telugu
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Telugu
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
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