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The feast is arranged to their caste relatives, and caste
people after third day, fifth day, nineth day and eleventh day of
the death and pray for peace to the deceased person's soul. No
pollution is observed. Bedajangam acts as a priest and celebrate
the ritual rites ceremony from death day to the final eleventh
Beda Jangams have got belief in the concept of heaven
and hell. If a person has been pious during his life time, it is be-
lieved that his soul goes to merge with GOD SIVA PARAMATMA
in PARANDHAMAM. After death while that of a bad person goes
to hell. They have also got belief in re-birth and attribute that the
soul of sinner will be called back to this world again.
In the Beda Jangam caste the male child after Linga
Dharana will be handed over to the custody of Guru as priest.
Though Beda Jangams belong to priestly class, in some vil-
lages, Beda Jangams are found too illterate to understand the
principles of their faith, and poorly discharge their ritual func-
tions and funeral rites as priest in the houses of SUDRA castes,
including scheduled Tribes and Scheduled castes in his native
village and his mirasi villages. Brahmin priests do not officiate
during the ceremonial occasions of death. They live in small
houses since Beda Jangam are a priestly class among Sudras,
Malas and Madigas with no fixed or assured income their eco-
nomic condition is poor. In order to make both ends meet, they
are taking to all kinds of labour.
In 1840 C.P.Brown said that it may take a few decades for
this caste to come up fo the level of caste Hindus both economi-
cally, literally and culturally vide the following documents.