One of the major tribes of Orissa
, Paraja tribe is divided into two groups namely Bada Paraja and Sana Paraja. They are hardworking people who live in the hills and forests. Their language is 'Parij'. These tribes are not nomadic in nature but often they shift from one place to another in the wake of natural calamities.
Paraja men wear loin cloth, napkins and women wear coarse and cheap sarees. The ornaments used by the Paraja women are armlets, bracelets, necklaces, rings and hair pins made of silver, aluminum and brass. The practice of tattooing is common among these tribes. The remarkable feature is that girls above 5 years are found with tattoo mark in their faces and hands.
These tribes worship a number of Hindu deities and also observe certain festivals. The Chaita Parab and Push Parab are two famous festivals celebrated by them. They also engage in dance and music.