pronounced: BAY-zha, beh-DAH-wee
The Bejas attach a high importance to their hair. Their prominent crown of fuzzy hair has characterized the Beja for centuries. They worshipped Isis at Philae until the 6th century. After the temple was closed down in the 6th century A.D. by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, Beja converted to Christianity. In the 10th century Islam spread and gained popularity among the Beja people. Most Beja people today are Sufi Muslim, but black magic is practiced against enemies, and sacred fire is used to ward off spirits causing sickness and accidents.
The Beja have practiced a diluted form of Islam for centuries. It's part of their culture.
Egyptian Christians live near the Beja. Pray they will take the good news of Christ to the Beja people. Pray they will be able to overcome any tribal hostilities.
There are apparently only a few followers of Christ among the Beja of Egypt today. Pray they will meet together to encourage one another and be bridges to reach more of their neighbors for Christ. Pray the Beja will once again discover their ancient Christian heritage, and that the Lord will remember the prayers of their ancestors.
"And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations." Mark 13:10
|People Name||Beja, Bedawi|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|