Nzo-A-Nkisi (The Praise House), 2018

Archival Digital Print on Canvas, 26" X 36"


Edition of 5

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The Kongolese term for church was “Nzo A Nkisi”, or “holy house.” Before the arrival fo the Catholic missionaries in the Kongo Kingdom, the same term, nzo a nkisi, was used to refer to “the grave.” That is to say, the Kongo people believed in a strong connection between the dead (ancestors) and God. It’s then no coincidence that a number of praise houses in the Antebellum South were located near or around graveyards and burial sites.