The Porajas or Parajas are the hill cultivators found in the district of Ganjam and undivided Koraput. There are seven classes of these Parajas, which differ from each other in points of language, customs and traditions.The Parajas seem to have been inhabiting this country from about the second century of the Christian era. <br>The servitude in to which the Parajas has been reduced and the cruel treatment given to him. Master made him faithless and dishonest.The Parajas are divided into 12 tribes and each tribe is called after the region in which it lives. They have been enlisted as Scheduled Tribe. Other than Malkangiri Parajas are found in un-divided Koraput, Kalahandi, Sundergarh, Dhenkanal, Phulbani, Puri, Cuttack and Maurbhanj districts of Orissa. In 1971 their number was 11,361. They occupy the third position in population in this district. They have been divided into Jhadia, Barenga, Penga and Konda.

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