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n. pl. Luba or Lu·bas
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting southeast Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2. The Bantu language of this people. Also called Tshiluba.
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npl Luba
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa living chiefly in the S Democratic Republic of Congo
2. (Languages) Also called: Tshiluba the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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(ˈlu bə)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people of the SE Democratic Republic of the Congo who formed the nucleus of a succession of states in the region from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
2. Also called Chiluba, Ciluba, Tshiluba. the Bantu language of the Luba.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Luba - a member of a Bantu people in southeastern CongoLuba - a member of a Bantu people in southeastern Congo
Belgian Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zaire - a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
Bantu - a member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
2.Luba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern CongoLuba - a Bantu language spoken in southeastern Congo
Bantoid language, Bantu - a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
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The socio-cultural concept of disability in the DRC has influenced the biblical interpretation of disability in the sense that people with disabilities are seen as "lesser human beings." Thus, terms such as koka (in Lingala, meaning a person crawling on the floor) and muela (in Ciluba, meaning a person who shaves the people) have come into being as labels for people with disabilities.
Il va de soi que dans certaines cultures d'Afrique, dont la culture luba en Republique Democratique du Congo, etre / vivre a l'etranger, surtout au-dela de l'Atlantique, c'est etre en brousse (mu cisuku en langue ciluba), c'est-a-dire vivre temporairement dans un milieu de la debrouille ou d'incertitude qu'il faudrait tot ou tard quitter.
Or as a Ciluba (Congo) proverb states, "Buena muntu budi ndambu ndambu" (Humanity lies in sharing the little a person has) (Kalamba, 2013, p.