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Beldar (Hindu traditions) in India

Beldar (Hindu traditions)

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1,945,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Beldar (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The word Beldar is derived from two words; "bel" meaning a digging instrument, and "dar" referring to the person who handles it. They are associated with digging and carrying soil in the context of agriculture. Though fewer in number, there are Beldars who are engaged in animal husbandry, small business, industrial work, and unskilled labor.

The Beldar people have their own folk songs and folk-tales. Though they speak in the Baghelkandi dialect at home, most of them also speak Hindi.

Where are they located?
Population figures for this Hindu group fluxuates from five figures to almost 2 million. They perceive themselves as part of the low Shudra caste, and others perceive them as being in this category as well. After cremating their dead, they worship the deceased's spirit a year later. There are only about 100 Christ-followers in this people group that lives mainly in Madhya Pradesh, but some live in Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Indian missionaries to produce stories and songs in the Beldar traditions that will lead them to seek Jesus Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to materials in the Hindi language.

References
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,945,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (709,000)Bihar (377,000)
Maharashtra (287,000)Uttar Pradesh (192,000)
Tamil Nadu (155,000)Telangana (138,000)
Madhya Pradesh (34,000)Andhra Pradesh (11,000)
Gujarat (9,200)Jharkhand (9,000)
Total States on file:25
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Beldar (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BachgotraBailwar
BentkarBhujan
BhujwaBilwar
BunkarCetti
ChangarChauhan
ChettiChunar
ChunaraChunari
ChunchaChundollu
ROP3 Code: 111517
Joshua Project People ID: 16375
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,945,000
Population all Countries: 1,957,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kannada
People Name General: Beldar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN23a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kannada (640,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (393,000)Telugu (252,000)
Marathi (221,000)Bhojpuri (97,000)
Magahi (96,000)Tamil (86,000)
Maithili (36,000)Konkani (21,000)
Marwari (18,000)Awadhi (15,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 34
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.89 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-ReligiousUnknown 
Other / Small3.11 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1988
New Testament:
1823-1995Audio
Complete Bible: 1831-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsKannada Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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