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Boya in India

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4,033,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Boya in India

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Introduction / History
The Boya can be found throughout Andhra Pradesh. However, they are found mainly in the Kurnool, Anantapur and Guntur districts. They speak Telugu and use Telugu script for writing. They are called 'Boya' in Andhra Pradesh, 'Boyar' in Tamil nadu and 'Bhovi' in Karnataka. Boya, Boyar, Boyi, Bhovi are the hereditary and clan titles. Boyar caste consists of many gotras.

The Boya are considered one of the oldest castes and origin among many castes in India. The Boyars migrated from Indo-Iran around 5th century BC to Indian sub-continent and later 9th century to Turkey, Ireland and Romania. Boyars have Dravidian roots came from indus valley invaded south region. Boyars are mainly found in South India as Hindu Telugu speaking community and non-pure kshatriyas. The Boyar arrived in Andhra - Orissa 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.

What are their lives like?
Rice, ragi and jowar are their stable cereals. Agriculture is their main occupation. They also work as labourers on an annual wage basis. Child labour 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. The dead are buried. Only a small number of them are employed in government offices. They 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 labourers who set up pandals and carry lights on festive occasion. The Boya are not supposed to accept food from the Sugali and Vaddi communities.

Prayer Points
* For the salvation of the Boya people.
* For various developmental programs.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-11
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,033,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (1,859,000)Andhra Pradesh (1,798,000)
Karnataka (287,000)Maharashtra (18,000)
Puducherry (11,000)Telangana (3,100)
Goa (2,400)Kerala (2,300)
Odisha (2,300)West Bengal (1,600)
Total States on file:20
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Boya
People Name General: Boya
Alternate People Names:
BedarBestha
BhoviBoyar
BoyiChaduru
Chaduru BoyaChinna
ChudinayakuluDonga Boya
DoraEllapi
GangavarGentu
GuntaGurikara
ROP3 Code: 111690
Joshua Project People ID: 16518
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,033,000
Population all Countries: 4,049,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Telugu
People Name General: Boya
Ethnic Code: CNN23d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Telugu (2,842,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (599,000)Kannada (402,000)
Konkani (6,200)Malayalam (2,700)
Konkani, Goan (1,900)Marathi (1,300)
Tulu (1,000)Odia (400)
Hindi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 10
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.99 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
1818-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1854-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: తెలుగు - Telugu
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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