Bedia, Muslim in Nepal

Population

1,640

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Bedias have an uncertain origin. They are known by other names in India such as; 'wandering Kurmi', Berai, Beria and Bedia Kudmi. The name Bedia is said to have come from the word behara meaning 'jungle'. Older anthropological descriptions have equated the Bedia as a South Asia form of the European gypsies. Most of the Bedias are Hindus, but there are many that are Muslims and very much unreached in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.


What are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of many Bedias was agriculture. In more recent years in north India and Nepal they have taken up wage labour jobs, rickshaw-pulling and some clans have been involved in the oldest of occupations, as well as women dancers (mujra) and singers. The Bedias are not vegetarian and generally prefer to eat rice, maize, mandua and gondli. Because many live in rural communities education is not a priority and consequently literacy is low.


What are Their Needs?

There has been a reported response to the Gospel among the Hindu Bedias in Bangladesh but among the Muslim Bedis there is no known believers. In central India poorer Bedias have been assisted with tracts of land which has raised their standard of living in recent years. Pray that the church might respond with workers and initiatives like land-ownership along with the Gospel message to bring a new hope to the Bedia Muslim people.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bedia, Muslim
People Name in Country Bedia, Muslim
Population in Nepal 1,640
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abdal, Bediya, Beria, Chhoto Bedia, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, San Bedia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bedia, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili (700) Bhojpuri (700) Urdu (200) Nepali (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 700 Bhojpuri 700
Urdu 200 Nepali 200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Scripture Earth Online Printed Bible
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-27

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