Bedia, Hindu traditions in Bangladesh






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One source considers "Bediya" to be the generic name of a number of vagrant, gypsy-like groups. Traditionally, a large section of the Bedia were reported to be earning a livelihood from prostitution and dancing, however, this has largely been discontinued. The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).

Ministry Obstacles

Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to emphasize the person and work of Jesus to the Bedia community, showing his goodness to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray they will be taught accurately and well.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children, and will be able to improve their standard of living.

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People Name General Bedia, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bedia, Hindu traditions
Population in Bangladesh 15,000
World Population 570,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abdal, Abdul, Baddi, Badia, Beda, Bedda, Bedia Kudmi, Bediya, Benia, Berai, Berani, Beria, Beriya, Bhantu, Bhedyargaderi, Chhoto Bedia, Choto Kudmi, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, Osthan, Paturia, San Bedia, San Kudmi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bedia, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16367
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (6,800) Dhaka (3,100) Rangpur (2,300) Rajshahi (1,300)
Khulna (1,200) Chittagong (600)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (6,800) Dhaka (3,100)
Rangpur (2,300) Rajshahi (1,300)
Khulna (1,200) Chittagong (600)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (8,400) Sylheti (5,000) Assamese (80)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 8,400 Sylheti 5,000
Assamese 80
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.54 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.96 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Rachel Flynn  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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