Unformatted text preview: o Kinship still important, even in centralized state • Ruler supported by extensive system of civil servants- largely male relatives of the manikongo • Surrounding villages governed by lesser relatives of the King – all dependent and responsible to him • Taxation, forced labor, and fines as sources of revenue for kingdom Kongo Religion • Supreme god – Nzambi • Lesser spirits or intermediaries – sky spirits, ancestor spirits • Represented in nkisi – objects or charms for healing, luck, or to house people’s souls. Contain medicine to give power and life… o In hardship and other adversity – role of diviner to appease spirit...
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- Fall '10
- Kingdom of Kongo, Capital Mbanza Kongo, kingdom Kongo Religion, o Kongo, Old Kongo, arrive o Kongo