Bedia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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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 Nepal 23,000
World Population 583,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
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
7,900
Janakpur
5,100
Narayani
3,700
Kosi
2,500
Bheri
1,800
Sagarmatha
1,800
Bagmati
100
Seti
50
Rapti
50
Mechi
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 10
  Lumbini 7,900
  Janakpur 5,100
  Narayani 3,700
  Kosi 2,500
  Bheri 1,800
  Sagarmatha 1,800
  Bagmati 100
  Seti 50
  Rapti 50
  Mechi 30
Website South Asia Peoples
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
4,800
Nepali
600
Angika
70
Hindi
50
Other People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 7,300
  Awadhi 4,800
  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
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.04 %
Photo Source Rachel Flynn 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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