Kimpa Vita also called Dona Beatriz continued the resistance against the Portuguese slave traders. Prophetess Kimpa Vita (Dona Beatriz) (circa – ). Kimpa Vita (circa July 2, ), whose baptized name was Dona Beatriz, founded a religious sect known as the Antonians. The goal of this movement was . Vita kimpa was born in in the village called songololo, in the town of Bakongo at the time when the country was the Kingdom of Kongo Dia Ntotela.
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Her knowledge and understanding of Kongolese Spirituality, history, culture and Christianity allowed her to see her how European religion was being used manipulate Kongo.
While still in her teens, she started a non-violent anti-colonial movement to liberate the Kingdom of Kongo and kimla it to its former glory. She portrayed the Kongo as a place of Biblical importance. The Dutch hoped to use this opportunity to also convert Kongo to the Calvinism of the Dutch Reformed Church vitx they even had special literature designed to convert Catholics who spoke Portuguese to Calvinism. Not surprisingly, she turned to religious pursuits, becoming a nganga Marindaa spiritual person whose role the Catholic missionaries did not like, but was widely accepted in the Kongo as legitimate.
The kings were all buried there, the cathedral kimpaa there and holding the city was in effect restoring the kingdom and presumably ending the civil war. An odd statement — almost racist-sounding.
» Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita, the Kongolese Saint Anthony
According to Kimpa Vita, Saint Anthony became incarnate in her body so that she actually was the saint. She died each Friday and spent the weekend in Heaven talking with God, to return to earth on Mondays.
But even when Kongo got its own bishop inthe kings of Portugal managed to get control of appointment and put Portuguese in there.
Views Read Edit View history. Email required Address never made public. When fasting for kipma durations of time, days, her body would begin to decompose until her spirit returned and her body would be restored. This remarkable woman claimed to be a medium viat the spirit of Saint Anthony of Padua, a popular saint in the Catholicized Kingdom of Kongoand attracted a mass kimps in the midst of civil war and social breakdown in the proud Kongo state.
Kimpa Vita was captured near her hometown and burned at the temporary capital of Evululu as a heretic in by forces loyal to Pedro IV. Anthony of Paduaand when, as she reported to Father Bernardo, she died and St.
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Beatriz sent out missionaries of her movement, called Little Anthonies, to other provinces. The Kongolese Saint Anthony: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Some were imprisoned and beaten daily for their convictions.
This story is very complicated, I try to lay it out as simply as possible in Chapter II of my book. I think she was concerned that Christianity was too European, and one of the things she chided the missionaries about was that they did not represent any black saints. At the time of her birth, Kongo was torn by civil war.
She wanted a religious system that was set firmly within Kongo history and geography. Was it possible that the movement did live on? Whenever they came to hear the teachings of Mama Mafuta, Vita Kimpa used to possess the spirit because she was trained as a Nganga marinda or as a person who is able to communicate with spirits the supernatural world.
THE BLACK SAINT AND PROPHETESS OF KONGO: KIMPA VITA (DONNA BEATRIZ)
This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat As a means of recapturing the minds of the people, her captives demonised her stating that she was commiting evil works. The slave trade was one of the byproducts of war along with death and destruction kipma, and because slavery was lucrative, it helped to continue the wars in a vicious cycle. Here is my contribution in the matter. In her message she combined traditional Kongolese culture with Christianity. In a lot of them were massacred in Luanda, partially for political reasons that are very complicated, but also I think because other Angolans resent this pride.
I think such a fact would have been noted at the time and I doubt it. kinpa
Kimpa Vita: African Prophetess
From that point onward, she believed she was St. This was at the height of the slave trade: This was revolutionary, since Catholic priests in the area Capuchins taught that only whyte saints could be found in heaven.
You are commenting using your WordPress. I do know that several independent churches claim Kimpa Vita as their founder, or claim to be heirs to her messagemost notably some branches of the Kimbanguist church founded in the s by a prophet named Simon Kibangu and the Bundu dia Kongoa rapidly growing church kimpaa by Mwanda Nsemi in the s.
Within the context of the political confusion and moral despair which gripped the kingdom in the late s and early s, several religious figures arose wishing to reunify the state and instill hope in the people.
Kimpa Vita denounced traditional ceremonies and ordered the kiimpa of fetishes by the Kongo people. DRC Education System — claumas.