Amasi, Banta in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Amasi only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Manta people can be roughly divided into two broad groups, a Northern constituency and Southern constituency. Northern Manta refer to themselves as Banta and their language as Kisam. The Southern Manta use the name Manta for themselves and Tinta for the language they speak. Culturally, historically, and linguistically they are essentially homogeneous. As a whole they are geographically isolated. The nearest road is at least a day's hike from the nearest Manta village.

Manta people live in approximately fifteen major villages stretching over a twenty-mile range. The terrain is mountainous and thickly forested for the most part. Some villages have no church, no clinic, and no school. Local traditional religion plays an active role in the live of most Manta people, even professing Christians. Syncretism is high, but church leaders have expressed a felt need for Scriptures in Manta. Church members themselves have indicated an interest in mother-tongue literature and literacy. Overall attitudes towards Bible translation and literacy are positive, though they believe English (and French for some) is more important than Manta.

One difficulty may be getting people from different denominations to work together. Teachers are somewhat favorable toward the introduction of Manta into the school curriculum. Despite their desire to learn English, comprehension of it remains low. Pidgin is much more widely understood and used, occasionally even in the classroom. Manta and Pidgin are used throughout church services. They would be better served by the Pidgin New Testament. But any spiritual depth in the faith and a grasp of many fundamental Christian truths can only be achieved by having the Word of God in translated into Manta.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Amasi
People Name in Country Amasi, Banta
Population in Cameroon 8,400
World Population 8,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Anta, Banta, Bug, Mangaya, Mongaiyat
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Amasi
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 10270
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South West Province, Manyu Division northeast of Mamfe, from Mom border, Akwaya Subdivision, to Manta, Mamfe Subdivision. About 20 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Manta (8,400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Manta 8,400
For Primary Language: Manta

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
73.00 %
Ethnic Religions
27.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
68.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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