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Nsesa ('Blessings' Fly-Whisk)

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The Mfumu (Chief) is at the heart of Kongo life and rule and the nganga (pl. banganga; meaning ‘diviner’; literally ‘master/priest of minkisi’) defends the community against illness, witchcraft,...


Nkangi Kiditu (Christ the Protector Crucifix)

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The Kongo Kingdom first made contact with the Portuguese in 1493 when explorer Diogo Cão, along with Catholic priests, explored the Congo river. This initial contact eventually led to the establishment of trade partnerships....


Nkisi (Power Figure)

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Nkisi, also referred to as nkishi (pl. minkisi / mankishi / zinkisi) is the general name for an object (wooden figures, clay pots, gourds or bundles) containing an empowering spirit(s). An object only becomes an nkisi when it...


Nkisi (Power Figure)

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Nkisi, also referred to as nkishi (pl. minkisi / mankishi / zinkisi) is the general name for an object (wooden figures, clay pots, gourds or bundles) containing an empowering spirit(s).
An object only becomes an nkisi...