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Kongo Kingdom
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The Kongo Kingdom (Central West Africa) was founded around the 12th century and was already established and very powerful in the 14th century. Its king, the Mweni Kongo, ruled an area stretching south of the lower Kongo through to the Atlantic coast of present-day Angola and the western regions of the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time of its greatest expansion it covered an area of more than 482,000 km2. The political office of the Mweni Kongo was closely associated with his spiritual authority. He was responsible for the maintena…

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LaRose, Elise, “Kongo Kingdom”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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