Beldar Laria (Muslim traditions) in India

The Beldar Laria (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Larias are a subgroup of the larger Beldar peoples. The name “Beldar” comes Sanskrit meaning “one who hoes.” The Beldar are traditionally diggers and carriers of earth. They dig wells and prepare the ground for construction. They also make bricks, which are used for buildings and walls. Today some work as masons and in other construction jobs. Others work in agriculture on land owned by upper castes. The Beldar are a Scheduled Caste meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Illiteracy is a large problem for the Beldar. Most of their women cannot read or write. Men often have only a primary education. This situation is slowly changing as more Beldar gain entrance into higher education. The main language of the Beldars in India is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

This people group is scattered throughout many parts of northern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Beldar are classified as Shudras, the lowest caste of the Hindu system. Most Beldar do manual labor either in construction or farming. Due to their lack of education, the Beldar have little opportunity to improve their standing in Indian society.

Families arrange marriages. Beldar marry within their group, often their own cousins. Children frequently quit school at a young age to help support the family. A caste council decides legal disputes and promotes their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Laria Beldar people practice Hinduism, but there are Muslims among them as well. The Muslims adhere to the basic tenets of Islam, but their Hindu past keeps them tied to spiritual beliefs from that religious system. They believe that Allah, the God of Islam determines their eternal destiny, but they depend on other spirit beings for their daily needs.


What Are Their Needs?

As a lower caste people, the Beldar have many needs. They need good schools especially for their daughters. Adults need to learn new job skills. They need access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Beldar need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Laria Beldar people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Laria Beldar families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Laria Beldar families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Laria Beldar family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/beldar/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beldar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Beldar Laria (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Beldar Laria (Muslim traditions)
World Population 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names बेलदर लरहिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21110
ROP3 Code 117933
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 2
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
300
Uttar Pradesh
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 2
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Uttar Pradesh 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (300 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
Primary Language Urdu (300 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 10
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
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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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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