Beldar, Hindu in Nepal

Population

990

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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)



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Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Beldar, Hindu
People Name in Country Beldar, Hindu
ROP3 Code 111517
Joshua Project People ID 16375
Indigenous Yes
Population in Nepal 990
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bachgotra, Bentkar, Bhujan, Bhujwa, Bunkar, Changar, Chauhan, Chunar, Chunara, Chunari, Chuncha, Gavandi, Goundi, Govandi, Kannada Naicker, Karpoora Chetti, Kattautia, Lonari, Londhari, Lonkar, Lonmali, Lunia, Matadi, Melusakkare, MelusakkareSagara, Memar, Mila, Nunari, Nunia, Nuri, Odavandlu, Rai, Roy, Sagar, Sagara, Sagaravanshadavara, Sagarollu, Sagra, Sonkari, Sunga, Sunkar, Sunkaravandlu, Toreya, Unar, Upasara, Uplan, Uppaliga Shetti, Uppara, Uppari, Uppilara Naicker, Uppiliga Naicker, Uppiliyan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 560 Nepali 290 Bhojpuri 140 Awadhi 50
Hindi 20 Bengali 10
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Beldar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN23a
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  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
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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