The Veddas are indigenous natives of Sri Lanka and perhaps the oldest ethnic group in that country. They like to live their original traditional lifestyles. Now there is a danger of them becoming extinct.
The Vedda are called forest dwellers. They hunt using bows and arrows and fish too. Some of them do farming. Women are not classed as inferior and property goes in same amounts to men and women. They speak their own Vedda language which has some similarities to Sinhalese.
The Vedda are animists or follow totemism by religion. They have cousin marriages but more women are marrying their neighbors now and so they are becoming more integrated.
The Vedda have songs about nature and enjoy producing drawings.
They are located in the villages north of Dambana and Pollebedda and Rathugala.
Most Veddahs are now assimilated into Sinhalese farmers communities, except for Damabane tribe who keep much of their traditions and language alive, mainly to earn income from tourists.
The Vedda are animistic and believe in spirits and the effect of charms.
There is lot of pressure from the Sinhalese on the Veddahs to become Buddist. The Sinhalese Buddist community sees them as a their ancestors.
* Scripture Prayers for the Vedda in Sri Lanka.
* Pray that Sri Lankan Christians will help lead the Vedda to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Vedda will not become extinct.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Vedda|
|People Name in Country||Vedda|
|Population this Country||300|
|Population all Countries||300|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Aetto; Beda; Wanniyala; Wanniyala-Aetto; वेददाह|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Eastern mountains, Badulla and Polonnaruwa districts. Source: www.ethnologue.com|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Language Code||sin Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sinhala
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1776-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|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 Sinhala|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: සිංහල - Sinhala|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|