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Title:Afro-Christian Syncretism in the Kingdom of Kongo
Author:Thornton, John K.ISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:54
Issue:1
Pages:53-77
Language:English
Geographic terms:Central Africa
Angola
Subjects:Kongo polity
Christianity
African religions
religious history
syncretism
clergy
Kongo language
1500-1599
1600-1699
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853713000224
Abstract:This article examines the way in which Christianity and Kongo religion merged to produce a syncretic result. After showing that the Kongo church grew up under the supervision and direction of Kongo authorities rather than missionaries, it tracks how local educational systems and linguistic transformations accommodated the differences between the two religious traditions. In Kongo, many activities associated with the traditional religion were attacked as witchcraft without assigning any part of the traditional religion to this category. The article also addresses how Kongo religious thinkers sidestepped questions of the fate of the dead and the virginity of Mary when harmonizing them would be too difficult. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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