Beldar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 35 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Kalayi Chetti 11,000
Matti Uppara 11,000
Nakka Uppara 11,000
Padahurumadda Uppara 11,000
Yedumadada 11,000
Kannada 2,700
Belwar 1,700
Khatik 400
Telaga Uppara 300
Laria Unknown

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 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-15
People Name General Beldar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 1,890,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 38
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Total Subgroups 35 (only 15 largest shown)
  Kalayi Chetti 11,000
  Matti Uppara 11,000
  Nakka Uppara 11,000
  Padahurumadda Uppara 11,000
  Yedumadada 11,000
  Kannada 2,700
  Belwar 1,700
  Khatik 400
  Telaga Uppara 300
  Laria 100
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Karnataka
652,000
Bihar
375,000
Maharashtra
289,000
Uttar Pradesh
191,000
Tamil Nadu
154,000
Telangana
131,000
Madhya Pradesh
34,000
Andhra Pradesh
11,000
Jharkhand
9,700
Gujarat
9,100
West Bengal
6,800
Chhattisgarh
5,300
Odisha
4,800
Goa
1,600
Rajasthan
1,300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  Karnataka 652,000
  Bihar 375,000
  Maharashtra 289,000
  Uttar Pradesh 191,000
  Tamil Nadu 154,000
  Telangana 131,000
  Madhya Pradesh 34,000
  Andhra Pradesh 11,000
  Jharkhand 9,700
  Gujarat 9,100
  West Bengal 6,800
  Chhattisgarh 5,300
  Odisha 4,800
  Goa 1,600
  Rajasthan 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (595,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 36
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
390,000
Telugu
242,000
Marathi
224,000
Bhojpuri
97,000
Magahi
96,000
Tamil
86,000
Maithili
38,000
Konkani
21,000
Marwari
16,000
Awadhi
16,000
Bengali
9,800
Gujarati
9,000
Tulu
6,900
Chhattisgarhi
6,400
Ahirani
5,400
Primary Language Kannada (595,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 36
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 390,000
  Telugu 242,000
  Marathi 224,000
  Bhojpuri 97,000
  Magahi 96,000
  Tamil 86,000
  Maithili 38,000
  Konkani 21,000
  Marwari 16,000
  Awadhi 16,000
  Bengali 9,800
  Gujarati 9,000
  Tulu 6,900
  Chhattisgarhi 6,400
  Ahirani 5,400
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.62 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.38 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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