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

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Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita was a young Kongolese woman who in 1704 claimed to be possessed by St. Anthony, argued that Jesus was a Kongolese, criticized Italian Capuchin missionaries for not supporting black saints, and attempted to stop the devastating cycle of civil wars between contenders for the Kongolese throne. She was burned at the stake in 1706. Includes information on the role of local warfare in the Atlantic slave trade. 5 photos.