Balanta, Ganja in Senegal


Population
102,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Balanta Ganja though mainly in Guinea Bissau are also in Senegal. Balanta means those who resist. They came to live in Southern Senegal in the 1800s.

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. They follow Islam and animism. They believe God is far away.

The Balanta play a type of lute called a Kusunde. They have marriage ceremonies. Fishing, cultivating and herding is the work they do. They grow crops such as rice and nuts with cashew nuts being their speciality. They breed cattle too.

The Balanta speak in Balanta and Kriol.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the council of elders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Balanta, Ganja
People Name in Country Balanta, Ganja
Population in Senegal 102,000
World Population 103,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Alante, Balanta, Bandal, Belanda, Ganjawo, Kandawo
People ID 11819
ROP3 Code 103209
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sedhiou region: south of Casamance river, between Goudomp and Tanaff, and south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sedhiou region: south of Casamance river, between Goudomp and Tanaff, and south..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Balanta-Ganja (102,000 speakers)
Language Code bjt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balanta-Ganja
Primary Language Balanta-Ganja (102,000 speakers)
Language Code bjt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balanta-Ganja

Primary Language:  Balanta-Ganja

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
84.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
11.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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