Peoples & Societies


The Ekonda are a group of Mongo-speaking peoples who live in the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An account of the Ekonda written in 1944 describes the by-then defunct practice for choosing the ritual chief who embodied Ekonda political authority. According to the report, a group of village elders selected a wealthy outsider who paid the village in exchange for the title of chief. Following his installation, the chief was responsible for divination, ceremonial activities, and acted as a spiritual mediator.

Adapted from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 301.

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