Beldar (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Gavandi Unknown

Introduction / History

The Beldar are a group of Hindu people who live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Their name Beldar means a person who digs in the ground. Thus, it is easy to understand that there are many in the Beldar caste who labor in excavating work. Because they do manual labor, they have low status in Indian society. The Beldar are part of the Sudras, the fourth level of Hindu caste system. Many of the Beldar, especially their women, are unable to read or write.

The main two languages of the Beldar peoples are Kannada and Hindi. They also speak many other regional languages depending upon where they live.


Where Are they Located?

The Beldar people largely live in central and southern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Beldar are employed in agricultural work and in construction. They are able to maintain relationships with members of other communities, sharing water sources and religious shrines. The Beldar marry within their caste. Marriage with paternal or maternal relatives is avoided. Sons inherit their father’s property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.

The Beldar are not vegetarian but do not eat beef. The main foods are rice, wheat, millet, vegetables and fruit. Meat is often eaten only on special occasions due to the poverty of many Beldar families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Beldar is Hinduism, the ancient religious tradition of India. Beldar worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Beldar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Beldar are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Beldar need help in learning new job skills. They need help in educating their children. Many rural Beldar do not have access to clean water, electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of all, the Beldar need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them new life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Beldar (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for a chain reaction of Beldar families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change them like yeast changes dough.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/beldar/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16375/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beldar
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Beldar-people-of-India/
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=41574


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-10
People Name General Beldar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation BEL-dar
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bunkar; Chungar; Lunia; Sonkari; Sunkar; Unar; Uplan; Uppara; बेलदर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16376
ROP3 Code 111518
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
7,700
Uttar Pradesh
1,700
Jammu and Kashmir
1,500
Maharashtra
400
Punjab
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Madhya Pradesh 7,700
  Uttar Pradesh 1,700
  Jammu and Kashmir 1,500
  Maharashtra 400
  Punjab 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (10,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Dogri
800
Bhojpuri
90
Malvi
60
Punjabi, Eastern
30
Chhattisgarhi
20
Primary Language Urdu (10,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Dogri 800
  Bhojpuri 90
  Malvi 60
  Punjabi, Eastern 30
  Chhattisgarhi 20
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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