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Art of ConversionChristian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo$
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Cécile Fromont

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618715

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618739.001.0001

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Performing the Advent of Kongo Christianity

(p.21) 1 Sangamentos
Art of Conversion

CéCile Fromont

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the sangamentos, a performance that gave rhythm to public life in the kingdom of Kongo. The Kongo sangamento evolved in form, nature, and purpose with the beginning of Catholicism in the 16th century. In the dances, the Kongo elite enacted mythological, religious, and symbolic local conceptions that merged with ideas from abroad to form a new Kongo Christian discourse. Christian king Afonso used mythology to combine and transform Christian history and central African traditions into Kongo Christian lore.

Keywords:   sangamentos, central African traditions, Kongo elite, Kongo Christian discourse, Christian king Afonso

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