Beldar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
8,900
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The word Beldar is derived from two words; "bel" meaning a digging instrument, and "dar" referring to the person who handles it. They are associated with digging and carrying soil in the context of agriculture. Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work, and unskilled labor.

The Beldar people have their own folk songs and folk-tales. Though they speak in the Baghelkandi dialect at home, most of them also speak Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

Population figures for this Hindu group fluxuates from five figures to almost 2 million. They perceive themselves as part of the low Shudra caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later. There are only about 100 Christ-followers in this people group that lives mainly in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to materials in the Hindi language.

References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


People Name General Beldar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 8,900
World Population 1,942,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names Bachgotra, Bailwar, Bentkar, Bhujan, Bhujwa, Bilwar, Bunkar, Cetti, Changar, Chauhan, Chetti, Chunar, Chunara, Chunari, Chuncha, Chundollu, Chungar, Chuniyara, Gavandi, Goundi, Govandi, Kannada Balija Naickar, Kannada Naickar, Kannada Naicker, Kannadiya Naicker, Kannadiyar, Karpoora Chetti, Kattautia, Kerebandiyavaru, Lonari, Londhari, Lonia, Lonkar, Lonmali, Lunia, Matadi, Melusakkare, MelusakkareSagara, Melusakkareyavaru, Memar, Mila, Nunari, Nunia, Nuniya Beldar, Nuri, Odavandlu, Rai, Roy, Sagar, Sagara, Sagaravanshadavara, Sagarollu, Sagarvanshadavaru, Sagra, Sonkari, Sunga, Sunkar, Sunkaravandlu, Tamuli, Toreya, Unar, Upasara, Uplan, Uppaliga, Uppaliga Shetti, Uppaligashetty, Uppara, Uppari, Uppilara Naicker, Uppilia, Uppilia Naicker, Uppiliar, Uppiliga Naicker, Uppiliyan, Vethalaikaran
People ID 16375
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Dhaka (5,300) Rangpur (2,400) Sylhet (900) Rajshahi (200)
Khulna (90)
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Dhaka (5,300) Rangpur (2,400)
Sylhet (900) Rajshahi (200)
Khulna (90)
Primary Language: Bengali (7,300 speakers)
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (700)
Primary Language: Bengali (7,300 speakers)
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (700)
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
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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