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.
* 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|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||3 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Alternate Names||Alante, Balanta, Bandal, Belanda, Ganjawo, Kandawo|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Sedhiou region: south of Casamance river, between Goudomp and Tanaff, and south. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Balanta-Ganja (102,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||bjt Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Balanta-Ganja|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|