Parji is a variety of Odia language spoken in Odisha (Orissa) in India. The term Porja seems to have been derived from Odia words po and raja which mean 'son of a king'. The language is also known as Gorum, Gorum Sama, Parangi Porga, Parangi Porja, Pareng, Parenga, Parenga Parja, Parengi, Parenji, Poroja
The terms Porja and Parja seem to be synonymous. 'Parji' language is identical with Bhatri which has now become a form of Odia. Most of them have migrated from Orissa State about 300 years back to the present habitat in search of cultivable land.
The Porja are a hill tribe inhabiting the Agency Area of Visakhapatnam District, and in adjoining areas of Odisha State. They are chiefly shifting agriculturists and cultivate lands on the high level hill slopes. A numerically small tribe with a population of 12,600 as per the 2001 census, they reside mainly in the Munchangiputtu, Ananthagiri and Pedda Bayalu Mandals. /p>
The Porja are mostly illiterate, and children are not encouraged by their parents to attend schools because they are seen as an additional source of family income.
This is a script for Porja devised by Professor Prasanna Sree.
Information provided by Professor Prasanna Sree of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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