Death and the Invisible Powers

Death and the Invisible Powers : The World of Kongo Belief

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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 MacGaffeySimon 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... " -ReligionIt 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... an excellent introduction for anyone seeking to understand Kongo traditional culture and thought." -OshunRich 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 139.7 x 207.3 x 13.2mm | 222.26g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253208084
  • 9780253208088
  • 844,521

About Simon Bockie

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.show more

Table of contents

PREFACEONE The Spirituality of a Communal PeopleBeginning with CommunityThe Kongo PeopleThe Land of Manianga: Isolation and RejectionGender and Community StructureThe Cohesiveness of the CommunityCommunal Life as the Goal of ExistenceThe ClanThe Role of the ChiefThe Flow of Living Power from the AncestorsFamily RelationshipsSeniorityMarriageThe IndividualTension between the Public and the PersonalTWO The Communal Response to Death and MisfortuneDeath by Natural CausesThe Response of AIDSDeath Due to KindokiPresent-Day Belief in KindokiKindoki: The Unique Power to Do Good or EvilHarmful KindokiThe Cleansing of KindokiHow the Cleansing Rite Was ConductedPriests of Divine ScienceNgang'a Ngombo, the Searchers of CausesNgang'a Mbuki, the HealersTraining in the Science of KingangaA New Type of Priesthood: KingunzaAn Overview of KindokiTHREE The Concept of DeathDeath as an Opening to a Better or a Worse LifeBrief Visits to the Unknown (Near-Death Experiences)Reaction of SurvivorsLeave-TakingFuneral Rites and MourningChristian Participation in Funeral RitualsThe Spirit's Survival of Bodily DeathThe Total Spiritual Community of Living and DeadFOUR GodEPILOGUE, KONGO BELIEF IN ITS CONTEMPORARY SETTINGAPPENDIX, KIKONGO TEXTSNOTESSELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEXshow more

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