Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
In Bakongo cosmology, KalÛnga is the fire force. It emerges complete from within mbÛngi , the empty circle in existence before creation. The KalÛnga fires up and releases a storm of projectiles, overrunning the mbÛngi. Because life would emerge from this event, KalÛnga is the source and origin of life and potential, the force that continually generates. KalÛnga is also the symbol for force and vitality and a principle of change. Because KalÛnga occurred on a cosmic scale, KalÛnga is the idea of immensity and the principle god of change. KalÛnga is life. Because KalÛnga ...