Balanta means those who resist. Ganja is one of the Balanta dialects. They came to live in Southern Senegal in the 1800s, though some now live in Guinea-Bissau.
People who speak the Ganja Balanta language live either in Guinea-Bissau or Senegal.
The Balanta have a council of elders who make big decisions. A person has to take part in an initiation ceremony to become an elder. The Balanta play a type of lute called a Kusunde. They are usually fishermen, farmers or cattle herders. They grow crops such as rice and nuts with cashews being their main crop.
The Balanta people, be they in Senegal or Guinea-Bissau, have their own ethnic religion. This involves worshipping and appeasing spirits and spiritual forces that are at war with the Lord. They believe God is far away. Some are marginally Muslim.
Like most people in this part of the world, Balanta speakers in Guinea-Bissau need running potable water and electricity.
* Pray that Balanta council of elders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray for believers to go to them with the JESUS Film and tools for discipling them in the ways of Christ.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Balanta, Ganja|
|People Name in Country||Balanta, Ganja|
|Population in Guinea-Bissau||1,900|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Alante, Balanta, Bandal, Belanda, Ganjawo, Kandawo|
|Primary Language||Balanta-Ganja (1,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||bjt Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Balanta-Ganja|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|