Bedia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

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. Most live in India, but there are some in Bangladesh and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Members of the Bedia community can earn lots of money through prostitution, so it's hard to get them to move onto something with less pay. Marriage looks bleak to them compared with the pay they get in prostitution. They often start this line of work in their teens and continue well into their 30s. Some have to stop early if they get AIDS. No matter what occupation Bedia people take today, they struggle with low status and possible contempt from others. They also face discrimination issues for being part of a religious minority in Muslim Bangladesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).


What Are Their Needs?

Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening. Pray for the Bedia people to be delivered from their fear of "Christendom" and to embrace God's blessing through his Word for their families and clans.


Prayer Points

Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray that new Bedia disciples will be taught accurately, and that they will make more disciples. Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children and will be able to improve their standard of living.


Scripture Prayers for the Bedia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation BAY-dee-uh
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)
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 694,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16367
ROP3 Code 111509
ROP25 Code 301093
ROP25 Name Bedia / Bediya (Tribal)
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Lumbini
9,400
Janakpur
6,100
Narayani
4,400
Kosi
3,000
Bheri
2,100
Sagarmatha
2,100
Bagmati
100
Rapti
60
Seti
60
Mechi
40
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 10
  Lumbini 9,400
  Janakpur 6,100
  Narayani 4,400
  Kosi 3,000
  Bheri 2,100
  Sagarmatha 2,100
  Bagmati 100
  Rapti 60
  Seti 60
  Mechi 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Maithili (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
7,300
Awadhi
4,700
Nepali
600
Angika
70
Hindi
50
Primary Language Maithili (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 7,300
  Awadhi 4,700
  Nepali 600
  Angika 70
  Hindi 50
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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Amazon
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National Bible Societies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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