Bede is a nomadic ethnic group of Bangladesh. The Bede traditionally live, travel, and earn their living on the river, which has given them the subname of "Water Gypsy" or "River Gypsy". They travel in groups and never stay in one place for more than a couple of months. The majority of the Bedes live on snake related trading, such as snake charming, snake catching, snake selling, etc. They also sell lucky heathers, herbal medicines, which they claim have magical properties. Bedes' other occupations are in the entertainment services (e.g. monkey shows, magic shows) and petty trading. Bedeys are water gypsies who travel and live in the boats. The histories of these Bedeys are not known to people, but there are literatures from 17th century which mentions this tribe. According to some elders the Bedey people have been residing in this region for more than 700 years. No one knows how many Bedey exists in Bangladesh today, but it is estimated that the population exceed 2000,000.
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