Kakamundi Bedar in India

The Bedar Kakamundi have only been reported in India
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* 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 Kakamundi Bedar people only live Karnataka, a state in southern India.


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


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bedar Kakamundi in India.

* Pray for workers to go to the Kakamundi 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 Kakamundi Bedar people with His presence and mercy.
* Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Kakamundi Bedar people.


References

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bedar Kakamundi
People Name in Country Bedar Kakamundi
Natural Name Kakamundi Bedar
World Population 99,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names बेदार ककमूंदी
People ID 21103
ROP3 Code 117926
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)
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 1
  Karnataka 99,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (61,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kannada
39,000
Primary Language Telugu (61,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 39,000
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
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 Pearl of Great Price
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
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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