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Parya in Uzbekistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Parya in Uzbekistan

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Introduction / History
The Parya, or Laghmani, people are of the Tajik people cluster.

Where are they located?
They are found in the Hissar Valley in Tajikistan, in the Surkhandarya Valley in Uzbekistan, and some in Afghanistan, in the Laghman province, which is northeast of Kabul.

What are their lives like?
Their heart language is Parya which may either be a dialect of Marwari which is related to Punjabi, or the Laghman dialect of the Southeastern Pashayi of Afghanistan. Parya is the exclusive language spoken in Parya homes and Tajik or Uzbek men who marry Parya women must learn the language and become assimilated into the community. Many Parya are bilingual, with Tajiki being their second language.

The Parya are originally from Laghman, however they spread to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 1880. They often refer to themselves as Changgars. The Parya are mostly farmers. Many work on collective farms and grow rice as their primary crop. They also grow some fruits and corn.

What are their beliefs?
The Parya are Sunni Muslims. There are few, if any known Christians among them. They have no resources available to them in Parya.

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Country: Uzbekistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:16 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Upper Surkhandarya Valley
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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People Name in Country: Parya
People Name General: Parya
Alternate People Names:
Afghana-Yi NasfurushChanggars
ROP3 Code: 107906
Joshua Project People ID: 14324
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 5,300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Parya
Ethnic Code: CNT24z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Parya (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): paq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Parya in Uzbekistan

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    Tajik     Central Asia    
      Parya Uzbekistan    
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