Beldar, Hindu in Nepal

Population

920

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)



People Name General Beldar, Hindu
People Name in Country Beldar, Hindu
Population in Nepal 920
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names 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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Beldar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili (600) Nepali (300) Bhojpuri (100) Awadhi (50)
Hindi (20) Bengali (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 600 Nepali 300
Bhojpuri 100 Awadhi 50
Hindi 20 Bengali 10
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%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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