Bedia (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
15,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

One source considers "Bediya" to be the generic name of a number of vagrant, nomadic groups. Traditionally, a large section of the Bedia were reported to be earning a livelihood from prostitution and dancing, however, this has largely been discontinued. The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).


Ministry Obstacles

Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening.


Outreach Ideas

Christians need to emphasize the person and work of Jesus to the Bedia community, showing his goodness to them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray they will be taught accurately and well.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children, and will be able to improve their standard of living.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 15,000
World Population 589,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Abdal, Abdul, Baddi, Badia, Beda, Bedda, Bedia Kudmi, Bediya, Benia, Berai, Berani, Beria, Beriya, Bhantu, Bhedyargaderi, Chhoto Bedia, Choto Kudmi, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, Osthan, Paturia, San Bedia, San Kudmi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, बेड़िया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16367
ROP3 Code 111509
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Sylhet
(6,700)
Dhaka
(3,000)
Rangpur
(2,300)
Rajshahi
(1,300)
Khulna
(1,200)
Chittagong
(600)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Sylhet (6,700)
  Dhaka (3,000)
  Rangpur (2,300)
  Rajshahi (1,300)
  Khulna (1,200)
  Chittagong (600)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (8,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(5,000)
Assamese
(80)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (8,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (5,000)
  Assamese (80)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.52 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.18 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.30 %
Photo Source Rachel Flynn 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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