Bedia, Hindu in India






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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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia, Hindu
People Name in Country Bedia, Hindu
Population in India 519,000
World Population 545,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abdal, Abdul, Badia, Bedda, Bedia Kudmi, Bediya, Benia, Berai, Berani, Beria, Bhantu, Bhedyargaderi, Chhoto Bedia, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, Osthan, Paturia, San Bedia, San Kudmi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bedia, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (377,000) Bengali (60,000) Awadhi (21,000) Bhojpuri (20,000)
Santhali (13,000) Kanauji (6,200) Marathi (2,800) Garhwali (2,200)
Oriya (2,200) Bundeli (1,400) Bagheli (1,300) Mundari (1,300)
Marwari (1,200) Dhundari (900) Panjabi, Eastern (900) Mewari (900)
Kumaoni (800) Munda (700) Ho (600) Merwari (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 377,000 Bengali 60,000
Awadhi 21,000 Bhojpuri 20,000
Santhali 13,000 Kanauji 6,200
Marathi 2,800 Garhwali 2,200
Oriya 2,200 Bundeli 1,400
Bagheli 1,300 Mundari 1,300
Marwari 1,200 Dhundari 900
Panjabi, Eastern 900 Mewari 900
Kumaoni 800 Munda 700
Ho 600 Merwari 500
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.07 %
0.01 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
1.84 %
Photo Source: Rachel Flynn  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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