Balanta, Kentohe in Guinea-Bissau


Population
341,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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 341,000
World Population 436,700
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
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 (341,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ble   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Quentohe
Dialect Code: 1677   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe (341,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ble   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Quentohe
Dialect Code: 1677   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1980-2012)
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
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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