Unique lifestyle of Bede Community of Bangladesh documented by Farida Alam

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Farida Alam , Bangladeshi documentary photographer worked for several years on Bede Community of Bangladesh and documented their lifestyle.

I have worked on "Bede" (Nomadic) community of Bangladesh for almost 5 years. History says that they used to travel from one place to another by boat and they used to earn their livelihood based on that. Nowadays, due to change of socio-economic aspect and the decreasing river in our country, they started settling down in makeshift temporary shelters they call home. While exploring their culture, I learned about many of their traditions which are different and unusual than ours. Also, culturally they are different from any other ethnic group. Their way of handling pregnancy matters, newborn and overall reluctance to seek contemporary medical support sometimes left me speechless. They strongly believe in spiritual healers and their magical power. These extraordinary traditions of this community created immense interest in me to work on them. I enjoyed every single encounter with them and they never cease to surprise me.