Boria Assam in India

Boria Assam
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Boria Assam
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 221,000
World Population: 221,000
Primary Language: Assamese
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.02 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Boria name relates to a word for widow. They live in the Brahmaputra Valley of India's Assam state.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Boria Assam of India work mainly in agriculture. They speak, read and write in Assamese. The Boria Assam eat rice and meat, fish and eggs. The bereaved and divorced can marry again. On the death of the father, property is distributed evenly to the sons. They cremate their dead like most Hindu communities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Boria Assam people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

They need better drinking water.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Boria Assam have enough pure drinking water.
Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to him.
Pray that Indian Christians will lead the Boria Assam people to salvation, disciple them, and thrust them out to others.

Text Source:   Joshua Project