The Cross of Kongo


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“God is imagined at the top, the dead at the bottom, and water in between. The four disks at the points of the cross stand for the four moments of the sun, and the circumference of the cross the certainty of reincarnation: the especially righteous Kongo person will never be destroyed but will come back in the name or body of progeny, or in the form of an everlasting pool, waterfall, stone, or mountain.”
in Robert Farris Thompson “Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy

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“Deus é colocado no topo, os mortos em baixo, e água entre os dois. Os quatro círculos nas extremidades da cruz simbolizam os quatro momentos do sol, e a circunferência da cruz a certeza da reincarnação: o individuo Kongolês de especial correção de caráter nunca será destruído mas voltará no nome ou corpo de sua descendência, ou tomará a forma de eterno lago, cachoeira, pedra ou montanha.”
em Robert Farris Thompson “Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy

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