Bedia (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Dafadar 16,000

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 has always been 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 Beliefs?

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. Muslims still wait for the life-giving gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger and a willingness to be persecuted for the sake of the gospel.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Bedia people in Bangladesh.
Pray for Bedia disciples to make more disciples for God’s glory.


Scripture Prayers for the Bedia (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation BAY-dee-uh
Alternate Names Abdal; Bediya; Beria; Chhoto Bedia; Dafali; Hashmi Saudagar; Mangal; San Bedia; बेड़िया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 52,000
Population all Countries 55,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17489
ROP3 Code 112902
ROP25 Code 301093
ROP25 Name Bedia / Bediya (Tribal)
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khulna
28,000
Dhaka
7,300
Sylhet
6,200
Rajshahi
4,200
Rangpur
3,000
Chittagong
2,800
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khulna 28,000
  Dhaka 7,300
  Sylhet 6,200
  Rajshahi 4,200
  Rangpur 3,000
  Chittagong 2,800
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
5,400
Chittagonian
500
Primary Language Bengali (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 5,400
  Chittagonian 500
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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