Bedia (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh 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.


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 Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation BAY-dee-uh
Population this Country 7,100
Population all Countries 692,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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 Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Sylhet
2,600
Khulna
1,400
Rangpur
1,300
Rajshahi
700
Dhaka
600
Chittagong
400
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Sylhet 2,600
  Khulna 1,400
  Rangpur 1,300
  Rajshahi 700
  Dhaka 600
  Chittagong 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (4,800 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
2,100
Chittagonian
100
Primary Language Bengali (4,800 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 2,100
  Chittagonian 100
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)
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 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 Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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 Bangladesh 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