#CONGOBOOKCLUB LEGA CULTURE: Art. Initiation and Moral Philosophy Among a Central Africa People, Biebuyck, D | $120- $450
➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ ABOUT THE LEGA PEOPLE
The Lega people (or Warega) are an ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1998 their population was about 250,000.
The Lega people traditionally live in small village groups, with no central authority. Within a community, a chief inherits his position on a patrilineal basis, and his close relatives have highest rank. Counterbalancing this hereditary structure, the Bwami society also regulates social and political life. This society has seven levels for men and four for women and is open to all. An initiate advances through the ranks through a complex system of instruction, payment and initiation, achieving increasing status. A member of the highest level is recognized as a Kindi, a social leader with great moral authority.
The #Legapeople are polytheistic. Their gods include Kalaga, the promiser; Kenkunga, the reassembler; Ombe, the hidden; Kaginga, the incarnation of evil. Kaginga assists sorcerers, but Bwami membership can protect an individual against the evil doings of witches.
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