Beldar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
8,800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The word Beldar is derived from two words; "bel" meaning a digging instrument, and "dar" referring to the person who handles it. They are associated with digging and carrying soil in the context of agriculture. Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work, and unskilled labor.

The Beldar people have their own folk songs and folk-tales. Though they speak in the Baghelkandi dialect at home, most of them also speak Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

Population figures for this Hindu group fluxuates from five figures to almost 2 million. They perceive themselves as part of the low Shudra caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later. There are only about 100 Christ-followers in this people group that lives mainly in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to materials in the Hindi language.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Beldar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 8,800
World Population 1,956,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bachgotra, Bailwar, Bentkar, Bhujan, Bhujwa, Bilwar, Bunkar, Cetti, Changar, Chauhan, Chetti, Chunar, Chunara, Chunari, Chuncha, Chundollu, Chungar, Chuniyara, Gavandi, Goundi, Govandi, Kannada Balija Naickar, Kannada Naickar, Kannada Naicker, Kannadiya Naicker, Kannadiyar, Karpoora Chetti, Kattautia, Kerebandiyavaru, Lonari, Londhari, Lonia, Lonkar, Lonmali, Lunia, Matadi, Melusakkare, MelusakkareSagara, Melusakkareyavaru, Memar, Mila, Nunari, Nunia, Nuniya Beldar, Nuri, Odavandlu, Rai, Roy, Sagar, Sagara, Sagaravanshadavara, Sagarollu, Sagarvanshadavaru, Sagra, Sonkari, Sunga, Sunkar, Sunkaravandlu, Tamuli, Toreya, Unar, Upasara, Uplan, Uppaliga, Uppaliga Shetti, Uppaligashetty, Uppara, Uppari, Uppilara Naicker, Uppilia, Uppilia Naicker, Uppiliar, Uppiliga Naicker, Uppiliyan, Vethalaikaran, बेलदर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16375
ROP3 Code 111517
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Dhaka
(5,300)
Rangpur
(2,400)
Sylhet
(900)
Rajshahi
(200)
Khulna
(90)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Dhaka (5,300)
  Rangpur (2,400)
  Sylhet (900)
  Rajshahi (200)
  Khulna (90)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (7,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(700)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (7,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (700)
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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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