Kentohe Balanta in Cape Verde

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Balanta are fishermen, herders, and cultivators. They grow millet, rice, peanuts, cashews, and fruit for a cash crop. They love to celebrate traditional holidays. The Balanta live on the west coast of Africa though they originated in India, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In this society God is believed to be far away. They try to reach him through spirits and sacrifices. Although Catholicism has been partially accepted, Islam is strong and practiced along with spirit worship.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Balanta, Kentohe in Cape Verde.

* Pray for an indigenous church planting movement among the Balanta people.
* Ask God to break the ties of traditional spirit worship.
* Pray for God to use this very versatile people and make them see that believing on Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation.
* Pray that medical and educational needs will be met.

Profile Source:   West Africa Gateway 

People Name General Balanta, Kentohe
People Name in Country Balanta, Kentohe
Natural Name Kentohe Balanta
Population this Country 53,000
Population all Countries 463,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Alante; Belanda; Belante; Brassa; Bulanda; Fora; South Balanta
People ID 16118
ROP3 Code 111208

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Primary Language Balanta-Kentohe (53,000 speakers)
Language Code ble   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Naga
Dialect Code 1708   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Balanta-Kentohe (53,000 speakers)
Language Code ble   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Naga
Dialect Code 1708   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balanta-Kentohe

Primary Language:  Balanta-Kentohe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1980-2012)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2011)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
-8.0 %
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
96.0 %
Photo Source West Africa Gateway 
Profile Source West Africa Gateway 
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