The Balanta people in Guinea-Bissau are related to other Balanta peoples and live side-by-side with them but have been introduced to Islam by the Mandinkas. They have their own Balanta Mane language and do not speak the related Balanta Kentohe language. In the towns they would understand and speak Creole and maybe some Kentohe, but in the villages they speak Balanta Mane. The Balanta people live in northern Guinea-Bissau and southern Senegal along the border with Guinea-Bissau.
They live a simple and poor lifestyle and raise cattle.
The overwhelming majority practice folk Islam. In Bisabur, Barro and Bijene there are larger groups of Roman Catholics. In southern Senegal there is a Balanta Mane church. A handful of mission agencies are working amongst them.
They need Scriptures or portions of Scriptures in Balanta Mane.
* Scripture Prayers for the Balanta, Mane in Guinea-Bissau.
Pray for those working amongst them to get a good grasp of the language and culture. Pray for anointed sharing of God's Word that will lead to a movement to Christ. Pray for the other Balanta believers to have a love, respect and readiness to share the gospel with them.
Titus Dima [email protected] https://www.britannica.com/topic/Balante
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Balanta, Mane|
|People Name in Country||Balanta, Mane|
|Natural Name||Mane Balanta|
|Population this Country||30,000|
|Population all Countries||30,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Villages of Ingore, Barro and Bijena, and in other parts of the country Source: Field worker|
|Language Code||ble Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||1712 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Balanta-Kentohe
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Balanta-Kentohe|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.15 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|