peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic
background or their languages. There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions.
Here are only a few of them.
note: Some of the peoples
and associations presented here are so closely related that more than
one topic heading may apply. For example, The Akan people are
given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan
people, as are the Akuapem. So, a full search for the 'Akan' may
involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well. Some
sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part
of a much larger picture.
You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples
listed here. This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of
the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.
African Christianity in Kongo | Special Topics Page | Timeline of Art
History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art __ "In 1491, King Nzinga
converted to Christianity of his own free will, urging the Kongo
nobility and peasant classes to follow suit. To varying degrees, the
Kongo kingdom remained Christian for the next 200 years." History, map
and a couple of images. - illustrated - From Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kongo __ "the Kongo occupy the region at the mouth of the Congo River.
Numerous subgroups go to form the vast Kongo cultural complex, among which are
the Vili, the Woyo and the Yombe. These tribes produce a diversity of artistic
styles, with Kongo art being one of the best known." - From zyama.com -
The Kongo of Angola __ "The homeland of the Kongo in Angola is the tropical
savannas of Northern Angola. Uige would be the most central city. The region is
made up mainly of the Zaire, Cabinda and Uige provinces of Angola. Because of
the civil war Kongo people are scattered throughout Angola; however, their
population is still concentrated in the North West provinces." You will fin
location, history and customs. - From cesa.imb.org -
Kongo People __ "The Kongo peoples migrated into their current location
during the 13th century from the northeast under the leadership of Wene. In 1482
the Portuguese arrived on the coast, and the Kongo began diplomatic relations
which included sending Kongo nobles to visit the royal assemblage in Portugal in
1485. Kongo leaders were targeted for conversion by Christian missionaries, and
often divisions between followers of Christianity and followers of the
traditional religions resulted." You will find material related to art, culture,
history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -