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.
* 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||Veddah|
|People Name in Country||Veddah|
|Population in Sri Lanka||2,400|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Aetto, Beda, Vedda, Wanniyala, Wanniyala-Aetto, वेददाह|
|Persecution Rank||45 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Eastern mountains, Badulla and Polonnaruwa districts. Source: www.ethnologue.com|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|