Prologue Kongo sacred sculptures called minkisi (sing.
The gesture of nailing pieces of canvas into the image is inspired by the Congolese tradition of
Power Figure Nkisi Nkondi Artifacts
This rare and beautiful mid to late nineteenth century
A nkisi nkondi is a specific type of power figure in which the spirit was activated by hammering a nail into the figure. At the request of a victim of theft, for instance, a nail would be driven into the wooden figure, and the nkisi-nkondi would punish the thief.
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Nkisi Mangaaka power figure in Manchester Museum Minkisi and the afflictions associated with them are generally classified into two types; the "of the above" and the "of the below". The above minkisi are associated with the sky, rain, and thunderstorms. The below minkisi are …
Power Figure Nkisi Nkondi
The Recently Acquired Kongo Mangaaka
Sacred medicines and divine protection are central to the belief of the BaKongo peoples (Democratic Republic of Congo). The BaKongo believe that the great god, Ne Kongo, brought the first sacred medicine (or nkisi) down from heaven in an earthenware vessel set upon three stones or termite mounds.A nkisi (plural: minkisi) is loosely translated a ‘spirit’ yet it is represented as a container of sacred substances which are activated by supernatural forces that can be summoned into the physical w...
All minkisi (sing.