Bonda Parja in India

The Parja Bonda have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Parja people are believed to be from the more numerous Ghond tribes of India. The name, "Parja" comes from the Sanskrit language, and is also known as Paroja, and Parangiperia. The Parja peoples are Scheduled Tribes. They are divided into at least three subtribes, of which the best known are the Bondas. There are also two subdivisions of the Bondas.


Where Are they Located?

This tribal community lives in Odisha near Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Among the Bondo Parja people, illiteracy, child marriage and crippling debt are common. Their population is going down.

Bondo women shave their heads, then cover their heads with a length of cloth and beads. They wear less clothes than most other tribal peoples. Strangely, boys marry between 10-12 to girls who are older than they are. This is very unusual in India. Men have a very high rate of alcoholism which leads to much unnecessary violence.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bondos are mainly animistic in faith, but a few are Hindus. Most of them are very hostile to any outsiders. Missionaries who serve them demonstrate the love of God through their actions. God uses them to reveal Himself and His power to heal.


What Are Their Needs?

This people group needs the opportunity to have the next generation educated and to rise above the trap of poverty and child marriage. It would help them if they could receive loans from people who will treat them fairly rather than force them into debts that can never be paid.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Parja Bonda people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Parja Bonda people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Parja Bonda disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Parja Bonda communities.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Parja Bonda people.


Scripture Prayers for the Parja Bonda in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonda_people
https://huqelberry.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/the-bonda-people-of-india/
https://www.facebook.com/womenshringaarindia/posts/the-bonda-people-are-a-tribal-people-who-currently-live-in-the-hills-of-odishas-/1370453293052464/
http://www.wycliffe.net/en/searchresults/tabid/88/language/en-us/default.aspx?q=sanskrit
www.peoplegroups.org


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Parja Bonda
People Name in Country Parja Bonda
Natural Name Bonda Parja
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 46,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names परजा बोंडा
People ID 21214
ROP3 Code 118036
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Odisha 46,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Bhatri
11,000
Pengo
5,300
Bodo Parja
5,000
Duruwa
2,600
Kuvi
1,100
Desiya
500
Bondo
500
Chhattisgarhi
300
Hindi
200
Punjabi, Eastern
90
Telugu
90
Primary Language Odia (13,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Bhatri 11,000
  Pengo 5,300
  Bodo Parja 5,000
  Duruwa 2,600
  Kuvi 1,100
  Desiya 500
  Bondo 500
  Chhattisgarhi 300
  Hindi 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 90
  Telugu 90
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2021)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.34 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.44 %
Islam
0.13 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.09 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Rita Willaert - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more