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Parja Bonda in India

Parja Bonda

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
47,000 Odia Hinduism 0.34 % Unknown   

Parja Bonda in India

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Introduction / History
Parja people are believed to be from the more numerous Ghond tribes of India. The name, "Parja" comes from the Sanskrit language, and is also known as Paroja, and Parangiperia. The Parja peoples are Scheduled Tribes. They are divided into at least three subtribes, of which the best known are the Bondas. There are also two subdivisions of the Bondas.

Where are they located?
This tribal community lives in Odisha near Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

What are their lives like?
Among the Bondo Parja people, illiteracy, child marriage and crippling debt are common. Their population is going down.

Bondo women shave their heads, then cover their heads with a length of cloth and beads. They wear less clothes than most other tribal peoples. Strangely, boys marry between 10-12 to girls who are older than they are. This is very unusual in India. Men have a very high rate of alcoholism which leads to much unnecessary violence.

What are their beliefs?
Bondos are mainly animistic in faith, but a few are Hindus. Most of them are very hostile to any outsiders. Missionaries who serve them demonstrate the love of God through their actions. God uses them to reveal Himself and His power to heal.

What are their needs?
This people group needs the opportunity to have the next generation educated and to rise above the trap of poverty and child marriage. It would help them if they could receive loans from people who will treat them fairly rather than force them into debts that can never be paid.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Parja Bonda people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Parja Bonda people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Parja Bonda disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Parja Bonda communities.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Parja Bonda people.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:47,000
Largest States:
Odisha (46,000)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Parja Bonda
People Name General: Parja Bonda
Alternate People Names:
परजा बोंडा
ROP3 Code: 118036
Joshua Project People ID: 21214
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 47,000
Population all Countries: 47,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Parja Bonda
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhatri (11,000)Pengo (5,300)
Bodo Parja (5,000)Duruwa (2,600)
Kuvi (1,100)Desiya (500)
Bondo (500)Chhattisgarhi (300)
Hindi (200)Punjabi, Eastern (90)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.34 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.44 % 
Islam0.13 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.09 % 
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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Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
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GeneralGospel website in this language
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GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Parja Bonda in India

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