Bedia (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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

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 was 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 Needs?

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. In central India poorer Bedias have been assisted with tracts of land which has raised their standard of living in recent years. Pray that the church might respond with workers and initiatives like land-ownership along with the Gospel message to bring a new hope to the Bedia Muslim people.


Prayer Points

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


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bedia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bedia (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation BAY-dee-uh
Population this Country 51,000
Population all Countries 59,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Abdal; Bediya; Beria; Chhoto Bedia; Dafali; Hashmi Saudagar; Mangal; San Bedia; बेड़िया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17489
ROP3 Code 112902
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
Khulna
27,000
Dhaka
7,100
Sylhet
6,000
Rajshahi
4,100
Rangpur
2,900
Chittagong
2,800
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
  Khulna 27,000
  Dhaka 7,100
  Sylhet 6,000
  Rajshahi 4,100
  Rangpur 2,900
  Chittagong 2,800
Website South Asia Peoples
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)
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: 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.
Photo Source Dipok Mahato - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more