Balanta, Mane in Guinea-Bissau

Joshua Project has identified the Balanta, Mane only in Guinea-Bissau





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

About 20,000 Balanta live mainly in north Guinea-Bissau. They are related to other Balanta peoples and live side-by-side with them, but have been introduced to Islam by the Mandinkas. They have their own Balanta Mane language and do not speak the related Balanta Kentohe language. In the towns they would understand and speak Creole and maybe some Kentohe, but in the villages Balanta Mane is needed.

Where are they Located?

They live in North Guinea-Bissau: Ingore, Bisabur, Barro, Bijene, South Senegal along the border with Guinea-Bissau.

What are Their Lives Like?

They live a simple and poor lifestyle and raise cattle.

What are Their Beliefs?

The overwhelming majority practice folk Islam. In Bisabur, Barro and Bijene there are larger groups of Roman Catholics. In South Senegal there is a Balanta Mane church. A handful of mission agencies are working amongst them.

What are Their Needs?

They have no Scriptures or portions of scriptures in Balanta Mane.

Prayer Points

* Pray for those working amongst them to get a good grasp of the language and culture.
* Pray for anointed sharing of God's Word.
* Pray for the other Balanta believers to have a love, respect and readiness to share the Gospel with them

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Balanta, Mane
People Name in Country Balanta, Mane
Population in Guinea-Bissau 27,000
World Population 27,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Balanta, Mane
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 20067
Country Guinea-Bissau
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Villages of Ingore, Barro and Bijena, and in other parts of the country.   Source:  Field worker

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Balanta-Kentohe: Mane Mandinka
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Balanta-Kentohe: Mane Mandinka
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1980-2012)
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.15 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
95.70 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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