Parja in India

Parja
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Parja
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 489,000
World Population: 489,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.32 %
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

Parja people are believed to be from the Ghond tribes of India. The name, "Parja" comes from the Sanskrit language, and is also known as Paroja, and Parangiperia. In parts of the Bastar region they are called Dhurwa which means, "a headman." This people group is only found in India. Parja are divided into three tribes: Mudara, Peng, and Tagara.

Where Are they Located?

Parja people are mostly located in the central provinces of India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Parja are cultivators and mostly grow rice. They are known to be hard workers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Parja is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion equates to cultural assimilation.

Their primary language is Bodo Parja. Bible translation, JESUS Film, Gospel Recordings, are available, however Parja people are engaged, but not yet reached.

What Are Their Needs?

The most important need is for Parja people to understand that their good works, hard work ethic, and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that the Almighty Creator God has made provision for them.
Although the Bible, audio and visual resources have been published in Sanscrit, Parja people remain unreached.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Parja people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray for justice and righteousness to reign in government in India.
* Religious persecution is on the rise in India. Pray that the Church of Jesus Christ will grow accordingly.

Text Source:   Karen Hightower