Balanta, Kentohe in Gambia

Largest Religion
Main Language
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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.

Profile Source:   West Africa Gateway 

People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
People Name in Country Balanta, Kentohe
Population in Gambia 40,000
World Population 403,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names Alante, Belanda, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Fora, South Balanta
People ID 16118

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Enthologue Language Map

Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe (40,000 speakers)
Language Code: ble   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe (40,000 speakers)
Language Code: ble   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1980-2012)
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
30.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
24.0 %
Roman Catholic
64.0 %
Photo Source: West Africa Gateway  
Profile Source: West Africa Gateway 
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