Balanta, Ganja of Senegal
People Name: Balanta, Ganja
Country: Senegal
Language: Balanta-Ganja
Population: 105,000
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: Atlantic
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
% Adherents: 5.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.60 %
Progress Status: 1.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
PO Box 62614
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


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.

Balanta, Ganja of Senegal