Balante

Balante

 

Bulanda, or Brassa (self-designation, Belante), a people living primarily in Guinea (Bissau). The Balante, together with the linguistically related tribes of the Mandyako, Pepel, Burama, Biafada, and others, number about 400,000 persons in Guinea (Bissau), with about 40,000 more living on the Ilhas do Cabo Verde and about 5,000 in Senegal (1967 estimate). The Balante language belongs to the Atlantic (north Bantoid) group. The Balante raise crops (chiefly rice) and fish along the coasts. The majority of Balante adhere to traditional beliefs, although some are Muslims.

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Thus, the Fulbe and Balante say that some circumcised men are so brave and have such contempt for pain that after the circumciser has removed the foreskin, they show him their index finger and say: "You can also cut my finger".
The customs of the Balante highlight the complexity of this process.
In Guinea-Bissau, the major ethno-linguistic groups are the Balante, Fulbe, Manjack, Manding and Papel.
Data collection was through participant observation carried out by a member of the team in a Balante zone of Guinea-Bissau, where he followed the whole process of preparation for and carrying out of male circumcision and the leave-taking afterwards, and conducted individual interviews with key informants (male and female) from selected ethnic groups and focus group discussions with mixed ethnic groups.
In contrast, the Balante make a distinction between "small circumcision" (Foo ntiufa) and "large circumcision" (Foo or Fanadoo Garandi).
Although it is an important rite of passage among the Balante, it also has religious dimensions.
Thus, the Balante perform the ritual of male circumcision in their rice fields, where it symbolises their homage to their dead ancestors and to the resources of the Earth.
The Balante consider sexual relations between a man who is not circumcised and a woman who is a virgin as particularly serious, as they think it can cause a terrible disease called Pusoonu, whose symptoms are similar to those of AIDS.
Una volta libero infatti, Orlando non esiterh un solo istante a porre fine alle speranze amorose di Chiariella ordinandole di sposare Balante.
The former philosophy professor has the backing of the biggest tribe, the Balante.
Darryl also discovered that TALEBAN, an alternative spelling, can be transposed to BALANTE, a Sudanese Negro people of French Senegal and Angola, found in Webster's Third.
Kumba Yala, who was overthrown as president in a 2003 coup, is a former philosophy professor who has the backing of the biggest tribe, the Balante.