Balanta, Kentohe in Cape Verde

Population

48,300

Christian

90%

Evangelical

6%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: West Africa Gateway


Introduction / History

The Balanta are fishermen, herders, and cultivators. They grow millet, rice, peanuts, cashews, and fruit for a cash crop. They love to celebrate traditional holidays. The Balanta live on the west coast of Africa though they originated in India, Egypt, and Ethiopia.


What are Their Beliefs?

In this society God is believed to be far away. They try to reach him through spirits and sacrifices. Although Catholicism has been partially accepted, Islam is strong and practiced along with spirit worship.


Prayer Points

* Pray for an indigenous church planting movement among the Balanta people.
* Ask God to break the ties of traditional spirit worship.
* Pray for God to use this very versatile people and make them see that believing on Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation.
* Pray that medical and educational needs will be met.



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Country Cape Verde
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country

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People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
People Name in Country Balanta, Kentohe
ROP3 Code 111208
Joshua Project People ID 16118
Indigenous Yes
Population in Cape Verde 48,300
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Alante, Belanda, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Fora, South Balanta,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Balanta-Kentohe: Naga 48,300
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
Ethnic Code NAB56c
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
90%    ( Evangelical  6% )
Ethnic Religions
9.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
1.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
7.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
-8.00%
Roman Catholic
96.00%
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