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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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Negotiating Time and Space

Negotiating Time and Space

Architecture, Rituals, and Power in the Christian Kongo

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Art of Conversion

CéCile Fromont

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses buildings, monuments, and movable objects that created a distinct Kongo Christian landscape in west central Africa from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The Christian architecture and visual environment of the Kongo kingdom not only manifested a political discourse of triumph and legitimacy for the ruling class, but also included a religious and cosmological dimension. Churches, crosses, and burial places defined a connection between the world of the living and the dead that structured the ritual, political, and religious life of the Kongo people.

Keywords:   Kongo Christian landscape, west central Africa, Kongo kingdom, cosmological dimension, burial places

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