Balanta, Kentohe in Guinea-Bissau


Population
349,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

* 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
Population in Guinea-Bissau 349,000
World Population 446,800
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Alante, Belanda, Belante, Brassa, Bulanda, Fora, South Balanta
People ID 16118
ROP3 Code 111208
Country Guinea-Bissau
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Central western area, between north and south country borders.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guinea-Bissau
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Central western area, between north and south country borders..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Balanta-Kentohe (349,000 speakers)
Language Code ble   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Quentohe
Dialect Code 1677   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balanta-Kentohe
Primary Language Balanta-Kentohe (349,000 speakers)
Language Code ble   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Quentohe
Dialect Code 1677   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
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.70 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
56.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
39.00 %
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
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source West Africa Gateway 
Profile Source West Africa Gateway 
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