Saora of southern Odisha are the southern most Austric speaking people who inhabit the hilly regions of south Odisha Lanjia Saoras mostly inhabit in Rayagada and Gajapati districts of Orissa, which were created after 1991 Census. The present study was carried out with preliminary observations in five villages of Serango Grama Panchayat in Gajapati district and later field studies were conducted in two villages of Sagada Gram Panchayat and two villages of Puttasing Gram Panchayat in Gunupur Subdivision of Rayagada district. Kinship terminology depicts the genealogical picture of a society and is used in address and reference as denotative of social position relevant to interpersonal conduct. The objective of the present study is to explore the kinship terms in different lines of relationship and to establish the degree of relationship within the several kin groups of Saora tribe.
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