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Burundi
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(27,834 km2) is situated in what is known as the interlake area of the central African Great Rift Valley just south of the equator. The name derives from the kingdom of Urundi, whose dynasty dates back to the 17th century. 82.9% of the approx. 6.6 million inhabitants are Hutu, 14.5% Tutsi, and 1% Twa. The dynasty of the Ganwa came from the group of Banyaruguru-Tutsi. The common language is Kirundi.

The traditional religion of Burundi is characterized by faith in the divine being Imana and by the summoning of the spirit Kiranga as mediator. Although …

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Ludwig, Frieder, “Burundi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02580>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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