Bedia (Hindu traditions) in India


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

Introduction / History

One source considers "Bediya" to be the generic name of a number of vagrant, nomadic groups. Traditionally, a large section of the Bedia were reported to be earning a livelihood from prostitution and dancing. Most live in India, but there are some in Bangladesh and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Members of the Bedia community can earn lots of money through prostitution, so it’s hard to get them to move onto something with less pay. Marriage looks bleak to them compared with the pay they get in prostitution. They often start this line of work in their teens and continue well into their 30s. Some have to stop early if they get AIDS. No matter what occupation Bedia people take today, they struggle with low status and possible contempt from others. They also face discrimination issues for being part of a religious minority in Muslim Bangladesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).


What Are Their Needs?

Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening. Pray for the Bedia people to be delivered from their fear of "Christendom" and to embrace God's blessing through his Word for their families and clans.


Prayer Points

Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray that new Bedia disciples will be taught accurately, and that they will make more disciples. Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children and will be able to improve their standard of living.


Scripture Prayers for the Bedia (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-05-15
People Name General Bedia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation BAY-dee-uh
Population this Country 658,000
Population all Countries 692,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names Abdal; Abdul; Baddi; Badia; Beda; Bedda; Bedia Kudmi; Bediya; Benia; Berai; Berani; Beria; Beriya; Bhantu; Bhedyargaderi; Chhoto Bedia; Choto Kudmi; Dafali; Hashmi Saudagar; Mangal; Osthan; Paturia; San Bedia; San Kudmi; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; बेड़िया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16367
ROP3 Code 111509
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
270,000
Jharkhand
118,000
West Bengal
100,000
Delhi
74,000
Madhya Pradesh
32,000
Uttarakhand
26,000
Maharashtra
11,000
Rajasthan
11,000
Haryana
5,900
Bihar
2,100
Assam
1,800
Odisha
700
Karnataka
300
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 18
  Uttar Pradesh 270,000
  Jharkhand 118,000
  West Bengal 100,000
  Delhi 74,000
  Madhya Pradesh 32,000
  Uttarakhand 26,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Rajasthan 11,000
  Haryana 5,900
  Bihar 2,100
  Assam 1,800
  Odisha 700
  Karnataka 300
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (386,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
75,000
Bhojpuri
21,000
Awadhi
20,000
Santhali
16,000
Kumaoni
9,300
Kanauji
6,200
Marathi
3,400
Garhwali
2,500
Bagheli
1,900
Panchpargania
1,800
Bundeli
1,700
Marwari
1,300
Mewari
1,000
Assamese
800
Dhundari
800
Primary Language Hindi (386,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 44
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 75,000
  Bhojpuri 21,000
  Awadhi 20,000
  Santhali 16,000
  Kumaoni 9,300
  Kanauji 6,200
  Marathi 3,400
  Garhwali 2,500
  Bagheli 1,900
  Panchpargania 1,800
  Bundeli 1,700
  Marwari 1,300
  Mewari 1,000
  Assamese 800
  Dhundari 800
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.01 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
5.93 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more