Kimpa Vita also called Dona Beatriz continued the resistance against the Portuguese slave traders. Prophetess Kimpa Vita (Dona Beatriz) (circa – ). Kimpa Vita (circa July 2, ), whose baptized name was Dona Beatriz, founded a religious sect known as the Antonians. The goal of this movement was . Vita kimpa was born in in the village called songololo, in the town of Bakongo at the time when the country was the Kingdom of Kongo Dia Ntotela.

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When the news reached the colonialists that Vita Kimpa had gone into the forest with the intention of choosing a King, they decided it was time to kill her. As long ago as there was an official decision to erect a statue to her somewhere in the country. Meanwhile the Portuguese knew the importance of the ruined City of Mbanza Kongo and the value it holds in the life of an average Kongolese hence they ensured that the land remained unoccupied.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Why he chose a woman is harder to say. She certainly was attentive to women; for example, she could make the barren bear children, and women were among her close followers.

Was kimpw remembered, was her name invoked? Mama Vita Kimpa eased the tensions and was a guide to both Kings. Kongo tried to make contact with Dutch speaking Catholic countries in the aftermath of the third failed Portuguese invasion in From that point onward, she believed she was St. The Kongolese Saint Anthony: They put teachers out all through the country, visiting priests from Europe constantly met these teachers in the rural areas, they were usually literate and possessed a good deal of knowledge of European culture, some had even lived in Europe.

In her message she combined traditional Kongolese culture with Christianity. The mission given to her by the Ancestors was to wake up the people of Kongo, unite the two Kingdoms and rebuild the city of Mbanza Kongo she later named the City of God which had been destroyed by the Portuguese. The name “Dona” indicates that she was born into a family of high Kongolese nobility; she was later given the name “Beatriz” after the Catholic Saint.

DRC Education System — claumas. We also know that the movement had very strong bases in the southwest part of Kongo, in lands belonging the the Kimpanzu faction that had been headed by Suzanna de Nobrega. The mission the Ancestors gave to Mama Vita Kimpa was to wake jimpa the people and unite the two Kingdom,s and rebuild the city of Mbanza Kongo the City of God which kjmpa been destroyed by the Portugueses.


As a devoted Kimbanguist I learned that Kimbanguisme is based on the same principals, which Kimpa Vita expressed more than two hundred years ago. The Antonian movement, which Kimpa began, outlasted her.

Kimpa Vita – Theosophical History

It will be interesting to see how these two versions, my book, and Kongo pride run into each other. Afonso I went further by creating schools that taught European education and Christianity to the nobility. K welcomes and appreciates all support given us. Once Bitten, Twice Die. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. They were charged with heresy. Kimpa Vita played a major role vota the renewal and reunification of the previously divided Kongo kingdom. This was at the height of the slave trade: When she had been resuscitated she believed that she now spoke with the voice of the patron saint of Kongo, and also incidentally the patron saint of Portugal, St.

The importance of Kimpa Vita is that she was one of the earliest recorded African women who fought against European Imperialism in the colonial era.

Kimpa Vita (Dona Beatriz)

First, I noticed that he gave dates in his account, but he stated them in French. The candidates then had to fast for 40 days. Or would that not have been consequential to her followers and opponents? She placed the birth of Jesus Christ within the Kongo and Sao Salvador as the biblical Bethlehem, claiming that God wanted it restored as capital.

The kingdom of Kongo now a part of modern Angola and Congothe wealthiest and most powerful state in the Atlantic region of Central Africa during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, began to dissolve in the seventeenth century under internal and external pressures.

Kimpa Vita of Kongo

The Church grew again in the late sixteenth century when a series of kings named Alvaro I and II, father and son, in particular went a lot farther than Afonso had in Europeanizing Kongo. She announced that the spirit of saint Anthony would allow her direct access to the other world and that she would die every Friday to kimap resurrected again on Mondays. Pedro Constantininho became the successor of the movement. Priests were an exception.


Despite her accomplishments, Pope Paul VI rejected a request for her rehabilitation in With the birth of Simon Kimbangu two centuries later one can almost say that Kimpa Vita is back.

She was put to death as a result of this, her family were exiled to Haiti as punishment where they were instrumental in the island uprising. She had direct revelations from God on her side; she died every Friday and spent each weekend in Heaven conferring with the Heavenly Father about the affairs of Kongo and from these sessions in Heaven she learned the stories of Jesus being born in Nsundibaptized in Mbanza Kongo or Sao Salvador and Mary being a slave of a Kongo marquis.

Kimpa Vita – Wikipedia

We said Kikongo, which he proclaimed to be the right answer. The ancestor was later described as St Anthony of Padua. She continued to emphasize the closeness of God to the African people, which was a unifying factor amongst Antonians.

Before I give a brief account of her life and history I would like to share one of her prophecies: Da Gallo, in his own report, explain this name: This led to great hostility between Kongo and Portugal and especially its governors of Angola. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

As her messages continue to be popular, her powers began to increase and also Mbanza Kongo was becoming populated. Holding the city was in effect restoring the kingdom and presumably ending the civil war.

While not denying the Capuchins their place as priests, she contended with them over the theological questions. Cuvelier, Brussels, ; L.

But at the time I had not vits able to do research in Mbanza Kongo and so had to let that aspect go. She had direct revelation from God on her side, she died every Friday and spent each weekend in Heaven conferring with the Heavenly Father about the affairs of Kongo and so what she got there was pretty much undeniable.