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Parja in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
489,000 Odia Hinduism 0.32 % Unknown   

Parja in India

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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.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-25
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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:489,000
Largest States:
Odisha (373,000)Bihar (47,000)
Andhra Pradesh (36,000)Jharkhand (23,000)
Assam (4,500)Chhattisgarh (1,400)
West Bengal (1,400)Maharashtra (500)
Telangana (400)Delhi (300)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Parja
People Name General: Parja
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113381
Joshua Project People ID: 17901
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 489,000
Population all Countries: 489,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Parja
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (155,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhatri (93,000)Pengo (55,000)
Hindi (53,000)Bodo Parja (43,000)
Duruwa (30,000)Kuvi (16,000)
Angika (13,000)Telugu (11,000)
Maithili (7,200)Bondo (3,200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 49
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.32 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.37 % 
Islam0.14 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.14 % 
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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Odia
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Oriya)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Parja in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Parja India    
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