Bedia (Muslim traditions) in Nepal


Population
2,100
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bedias have an uncertain origin. They are known by other names in India such as; 'wandering Kurmi', Berai, Beria and Bedia Kudmi. The name Bedia is said to have come from the word behara meaning 'jungle'. Older anthropological descriptions have equated the Bedia as a South Asia form of the European Romani. Most of the Bedias are Hindus, but there are many that are Muslims and very much unreached in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of many Bedias was agriculture. In more recent years in north India and Nepal they have taken up wage labour jobs, rickshaw-pulling and some clans have been involved in the oldest of occupations, as well as women dancers (mujra) and singers. The Bedias are not vegetarian and generally prefer to eat rice, maize, mandua and gondli. Because many live in rural communities education is not a priority and consequently literacy is low.


What Are Their Needs?

There has been a reported response to the Gospel among the Hindu Bedias in Bangladesh but among the Muslim Bedis there is no known believers. In central India poorer Bedias have been assisted with tracts of land which has raised their standard of living in recent years. Pray that the church might respond with workers and initiatives like land-ownership along with the Gospel message to bring a new hope to the Bedia Muslim people.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-27
People Name General Bedia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Muslim traditions)
Population in Nepal 2,100
World Population 30,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Abdal, Bediya, Beria, Chhoto Bedia, Dafali, Hashmi Saudagar, Mangal, San Bedia, बेड़िया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17489
ROP3 Code 112902
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Kosi
(800)
Narayani
(500)
Janakpur
(400)
Bheri
(300)
Bagmati
(40)
Gandaki
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 6
  Kosi (800)
  Narayani (500)
  Janakpur (400)
  Bheri (300)
  Bagmati (40)
  Gandaki (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (1,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(500)
Maithili
(300)
Nepali
(50)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (1,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (500)
  Maithili (300)
  Nepali (50)
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   (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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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 Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
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General Four Spiritual Laws
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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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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