The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement, 1684-1706 / Edition 2

The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement, 1684-1706 / Edition 2

by John Thornton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521593700

ISBN-13: 9780521593700

Pub. Date: 05/13/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521593700
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1998
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction1
1A Land in Turmoil10
2The Rival Kings36
3Priests and Witches in Catholic Kongo59
4The Crisis in Faith and Force82
5Saint Anthony Arrives105
6The Saint and the Kings129
7Saint Anthony in Sin and Glory156
8Facing the Fire177
9The War for Peace199
AppA Recovery of the "Salve Antoniana"215
Index221

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