Boya in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Pedda 126,000
Kannada 21,000

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Boya in India.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-17
People Name General Boya
People Name in Country Boya
Pronunciation BOW-yah
Population this Country 4,483,000
Population all Countries 4,500,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 90
Alternate Names Bedar; Bestha; Bhovi; Boyar; Boyi; Chaduru; Chaduru Boya; Chinna; Chudinayakulu; Donga Boya; Dora; Ellapi; Gangavar; Gentu; Gunta; Gurikara; Kalawathilla Boya; Kavalivaru (Naidu); Kirathaka; Mutharasulu; Naicker; Naidu; Nayakudu; Nishad; Nishadas; Oddar; Pedda; Sabari; Sunkulamma Boya; Talari; Vaddar; Vaidu; Valmiki; Waidu; Yellapulu; बोया
People ID 16518
ROP3 Code 111690
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
2,110,000
Tamil Nadu
2,057,000
Karnataka
227,000
Maharashtra
22,000
Puducherry
13,000
Telangana
3,600
Odisha
3,400
Goa
2,800
Kerala
2,600
West Bengal
1,900
Delhi
1,800
Chhattisgarh
1,600
Madhya Pradesh
900
Assam
600
Uttar Pradesh
400
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  Andhra Pradesh 2,110,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,057,000
  Karnataka 227,000
  Maharashtra 22,000
  Puducherry 13,000
  Telangana 3,600
  Odisha 3,400
  Goa 2,800
  Kerala 2,600
  West Bengal 1,900
  Delhi 1,800
  Chhattisgarh 1,600
  Madhya Pradesh 900
  Assam 600
  Uttar Pradesh 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (2,966,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Tamil
653,000
Kannada
417,000
Konkani
6,200
Malayalam
2,700
Konkani, Goan
1,900
Marathi
1,900
Tulu
1,000
Odia
500
Hindi
Primary Language Telugu (2,966,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 653,000
  Kannada 417,000
  Konkani 6,200
  Malayalam 2,700
  Konkani, Goan 1,900
  Marathi 1,900
  Tulu 1,000
  Odia 500
  Hindi 10
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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