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
Molefi Kete Asante
The Supreme God of the Bakongo people is called Nzambi Mpungu . The Bakongo are a people who live in the lower Congo River region of Africa. They cover parts of the Republic of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this heavily forested region of the world, the idea of Nzambi Mpungu as the Creator God included the making of man who was evil and had to be buried and the remaking of man, the creation of a woman from wood, and the beginning of the human race from this created couple. Their concept of Nzambi Mpungu is of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and invisible deity who created all things. Indeed, Nzambi Mpungu did not just make men and women; Nzambi Mpungu made sacred objects that humans could use to make rituals and honor ancestors. Nzambi Mpungu intervenes in every birth and all creative adventures of humans. Whether one ...