Bodo Parja


A language of India

Alternate Names
Bodo Paraja, Harja, Jhaliya, Jharia, Jhodia Parja, Parajhi, Parja, Parjhi, Parji, Paroja, Poroja, Sodia Parja

50,000 (2001 IBT).


Andhra Pradesh state: Odisha, Koraput district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Phonology and grammar show Indo-European relationship, not related to Dravidian Duruwa Parji. 86%–96% intelligibility between Bodo and Jhodia caste varieties. Lexical similarity: 76%–86% with Bodo and Jhodia caste varieties, 70%–89% with Desia.

Language Use

Most have low proficiency in Adivasi Oriya [ort], which is used in the market.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15% (2001 census). Bible portions.

Oriya script [Orya].

Other Comments

Paroja is a Scheduled Tribe; the name comes from Sanskrit [san] subjects. It is used for a variety of ethnic groups from different language families. Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.