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 raise cattle too.
The Balanta speak in Balanta and Kriol.
* Scripture Prayers for the Balanta, Ganja in Senegal.
* 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|
|Natural Name||Ganja Balanta|
|Population this Country||129,000|
|Population all Countries||131,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||3 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Alante; Balanta; Bandal; Belanda; Ganjawo; Kandawo|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|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 (129,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||bjt Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Balanta-Ganja
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Ganja|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
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