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Title:The therapeutic functions of authority among the Kongo of Zaire
Author:Kimpianga kia Mahaniah
Periodical:Cahiers des religions africaines
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
folk medicine
Abstract:This work is an attempt to describe the place of therapy in the evolution of the Kongo political system from the 13th century to the end of the 19th century. These therapy practices exercised religious and social functions. The study is very specific: it does not deal in general with the Kongo medical system, but it discusses specifically the therapeutic and sacerdotal aspects of authority. The author wants to demonstrate that analysis of Kongo political thought should be based not only on the political system that Europeans found at the mouth of the Zaire River at their arrival beginning in 1877. Rather any conclusion on Kongo political thought should be based on the study of the entire period of the Kongo political system's existence, from the 13th century to the 19th century. This study divided into eight sections which put into perspective the therapy practices of the Kongo medical system, bringing therefore a new light to the cultural background of Kongo religious dynamics, which has unjustifiably been described as the result of the acculturation only, the meeting of traditional African civilization with Western Culture. Notes.