Bile Bedar in India

The Bedar Bile have only been reported 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

Bedar tradition states that Kannayya was a fowler and hunter and a devout worshipper of the god Shiva who was pleased with his devotion and appeared to him, granting two wishes. Kannayya prayed that his descendants would be true shots and their land would grow much corn with little labor or water.

The Bedars are a Dravidian tribe, meaning that they came from the original peoples of the Subcontinent. "Bedar" comes from the word "bed" or "bedaru" meaning a hunter. Hindus are known as Bedar and Muslims as Berad. They prefer to be called Naikwadi because they serve as village policemen or watchmen.


Where Are they Located?

The Bile Bedar people live only in the states of Karnataka and Maharasthra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bedar language is a corruption of the Kannada and Marathi languages, though they also speak other languages depending on where they live. They have six social divisions. They work as servants, traders, messengers, police, and soldiers.

Men and women wear silver and gold jewelry. Some traditionally shave their heads, wear waist girdles, gold and silver bracelets and gold earrings. Women tie their hair in a loose knot, wear nose-rings, a gold necklace, and they have a hooped silver ornament on their heads.

At the age of four or five girls are tattooed on the forehead, corners of the eyes, temples, and forearms. Unmarried girls can be forced into prostitution. The girls are taken to a guru who brands them with a stamp, and then takes them to a temple where a necklace is tied around their neck in the name of the god, and they are now known as Basavi, a temple prostitute or entertainer.

The boy's parents initiate the marriage proposal. Child marriage is common, but the girl does not live with her husband until after puberty. Marriage cannot be within the same sub-division. They allow for widow remarriage and divorce. The Bedar have headmen to solve community disputes. They are non-vegetarian and drink alcohol.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their Hindu images are usually made from silver, copper or brass. Bedar have faith in soothsaying, sorcery and astrology. Brahmins act as their priests and in some places Lingayat Mathpati's serve as their Hindu priests. Like other Hindus, they celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Dussera, Holi, etc. Hereditary gurus preside at these festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bile Bedar people need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bedar Bile in India.

* Pray for workers to go to the Bile Bedar people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
* Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus in their families and communities.
* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Bile Bedar people with His presence and mercy.
* Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Bile Bedar people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16365/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bedar Bile
People Name in Country Bedar Bile
Natural Name Bile Bedar
World Population 111,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names बेदार बीले
People ID 21102
ROP3 Code 117925
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
Karnataka
109,000
Maharashtra
2,400
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
  Karnataka 109,000
  Maharashtra 2,400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (106,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Telugu
3,200
Marathi
2,000
Konkani, Goan
100
Ahirani
60
Hindi
40
Primary Language Kannada (106,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 3,200
  Marathi 2,000
  Konkani, Goan 100
  Ahirani 60
  Hindi 40
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
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  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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