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n. pl. Kongo or Kon·gos
1. A member of a people living in west-central Africa along the lower Congo River.
2. A Bantu language of the Kongo used as a lingua franca in the southern Republic of the Congo, the western Democratic Republic of the Congo, and northern Angola. Also called Kikongo.


npl -gos or -go
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa living in the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, and Angola
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family


(ˈkɒŋ goʊ)
1. Also, Congo, Kakongo. a major historic kingdom of W central Africa, whose rulers, Christianized under Portuguese influence in the late 15th century, exercised largely nominal authority after 1710.
2. Also, Bakongo. (used with a pl. v.) the members of a group of modern African peoples of the S Congo Republic, the W Democratic Republic of the Congo, and NW Angola.
3. Also, Kikongo. the Bantu language or languages of these peoples, a creolized form of which serves as a lingua franca in the lower Congo River basin.
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Noun1.Kongo - the Bantu language spoken by the Kongo living in the tropical forests of Zaire and Congo and Angola
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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With her very original angle on the burgeoning field of the anthropology of the body, and in an up-to-date ethnographic account of the prophetic churches of the Bakongo, Covington-Ward has produced a very detailed account of colonial and postcolonial trajectories and bodily memories in contemporary Central Africa.
In some cases, African societies were rent apart: the Bakongo were partitioned between French Congo, Belgian Congo and Portuguese Angola; Somaliland was carved up between Britain, Italy and France.
Regardless of his tactics, what makes the movement unique is their explicitly stated wish to revert back to a pre-colonial ancient kingdom in which the Bakongo people--descendants of the Kongo Kingdom--fared better.
La mitologia habla en diversas historias del asunto de la norma, la autoridad y el incumplimiento, como, por ejemplo, en aquellas que narran la creacion de los primeros seres humanos, como es el caso de Adan y Eva, en la mitologia hebrea; Pandora en la mitologia griega; Ndosimau, que se caso con la mujer denominada <<breaker of prohibitions>>, en la mitologia de los Bakongo en Africa, entre otras (Coleman, 2015, pp.
Kongo refers to the ethnic region of the BaKongo in northern Angola, Western DRC and western Republic of Congo.
1991, Art and Healing of the Bakongo, Commented by Themselves : Minkisi from the Laman Collection.
The Bakongo cosmogram is one of the most significant of so-called African retentions in the New World.
Angola's diverse ethnic communities with their own cultural traits, traditions, native languages, and artistic expressions include the Ovimbundu, Mbundu, Bakongo, Chokwe.
Portuguese settlers established large plantations using forced labour and increased the yield from the local Bakongo smallholders.
I find the Bakongo, and Loanda--my boy is Loanda--pleasant and peaceful, although not exactly civilized.
Fabric depicting an African mask is placed at the figure's mid-section, reminiscent of Bakongo Nkissi figures that contain conjuring properties in the stomach area.