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Author Thornton, John K. (John Kelly), 1949-

Title The Kongolese Saint Anthony : Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian movement, 1684-1706 / John K. Thornton.

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  967.5101092 VITA/ THOR    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. A Land in Turmoil -- 2. The Rival Kings -- 3. Priests and Witches in Catholic Kongo -- 4. The Crisis in Faith and Force -- 5. Saint Anthony Arrives -- 6. The Saint and the Kings -- 7. Saint Anthony in Sin and Glory -- 8. Facing the Fire -- 9. The War for Peace -- App. A Recovery of the "Salve Antoniana"
Summary This book describes the Christian religious movement led by Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita in the Kingdom of Kongo, from her birth in 1684 until her death, by burning at the stake, in 1706, only two years after the movement had started. Beatriz, a young woman, claimed to be possessed by Saint Anthony, argued that Jesus was a Kongolese, and criticized Italian Capuchin missionaries in her country for not supporting black saints. Thornton supplies background information on the Kingdom of Kongo, the development of Catholicism in Kongo since 1491, the nature and role of local warfare in the Atlantic slave trade, and contemporary everyday life, as well as sketching the lives of some local personalities.
Subject Vita, Beatriz Kimpa, -1706.
Anthony, of Padua, Saint, 1195-1231 -- Cult -- Kongo Kingdom.
Christian biography -- Kongo Kingdom.
Christianity and politics -- Kongo Kingdom -- History -- 18th century.
Christianity and politics -- Catholic Church -- History -- 18th century.
Kongo Kingdom -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
Kongo Kingdom -- Church history -- 18th century.
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