Death and the Invisible Powers (häftad)
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Indiana University Press
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249 g
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Death and the Invisible Powers

The World of Kongo Belief

Häftad, Engelska, 1993-06-01
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"[Bockie's] description of Kongo culture is vivid, beautifully clear, and absolutely authentic, as only a native could make it...I don't know of anything of its kind that is both as good, ethnographically, and as readable."-Wyatt MacGaffey "Simon Bockie has written an engaging, often personal account of the views and behaviors surrounding death in his own society, the Kongo of Lower Zaire, northern Angola, and the Congo." -Cahiers d'Etudes africaines "...excellent book of Kongo religious life and thought..." -Religion "It is a book that is remarkably well written, both for its readability and for its explanatory value...the book is a superb starting place for understanding Kongo religion, and will work as an introduction to African religion in general as well."-International Journal of African Historical Studies " excellent introduction for anyone seeking to understand Kongo traditional culture and thought." -Oshun Rich in anecdote and case histories, Death and the Invisible Powers is a personal account of the spiritual life of the Kongo people. It describes the ancient traditions that nourish a culture whose name symbolizes the heart of Central Africa.
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SIMON BROCKIE was born in Banza-Lele village, Kivunda District, in the Manianga area of Lower Zaire. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Phenomenology of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union and is a government documents librarian at the University of California, Berkeley.


PREFACE ONE The Spirituality of a Communal People Beginning with Community The Kongo People The Land of Manianga: Isolation and Rejection Gender and Community Structure The Cohesiveness of the Community Communal Life as the Goal of Existence The Clan The Role of the Chief The Flow of Living Power from the Ancestors Family Relationships Seniority Marriage The Individual Tension between the Public and the Personal TWO The Communal Response to Death and Misfortune Death by Natural Causes The Response of AIDS Death Due to Kindoki Present-Day Belief in Kindoki Kindoki: The Unique Power to Do Good or Evil Harmful Kindoki The Cleansing of Kindoki How the Cleansing Rite Was Conducted Priests of Divine Science Ngang'a Ngombo, the Searchers of Causes Ngang'a Mbuki, the Healers Training in the Science of Kinganga A New Type of Priesthood: Kingunza An Overview of Kindoki THREE The Concept of Death Death as an Opening to a Better or a Worse Life Brief Visits to the Unknown (Near-Death Experiences) Reaction of Survivors Leave-Taking Funeral Rites and Mourning Christian Participation in Funeral Rituals The Spirit's Survival of Bodily Death The Total Spiritual Community of Living and Dead FOUR God EPILOGUE, KONGO BELIEF IN ITS CONTEMPORARY SETTING APPENDIX, KIKONGO TEXTS NOTES SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX