Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Paul H. L. Easterling
The Balengue live in Equatorial Guinea bordering Gabon. Their language is Molengue, a language that is similar to many in the so-called Bantu group. However, the Balengue are a small group of people who are also called the Molendji. They are related to many of the other people in the northwestern cluster of Bantu speakers in Gabon. This northwestern cluster is composed of several groups, including the Bubi, Duala, and Kossi; however, the Balengue are a significant group within the area. Moreover, they are also in close proximity to the Fang people, a larger ethnic group that has had an important ...