Balanta, Ganja in Senegal

Balanta, Ganja
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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Balanta, Ganja
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 133,000
World Population: 135,100
Primary Language: Balanta-Ganja
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.60 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Atlantic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

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.

Prayer Points

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.

Text Source:   Anonymous