Performing the Advent of Kongo Christianity
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.
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