Dona Beatriz

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Dona Beatriz a.k.a. Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita was a 17th century Kongolese aristocrat who became the prophetess for a syncretic Kongolese Roman Catholic peasant mass movement. The movement sought the revitalization of the Kingdom of Kongo with a vision of the African Holy Family in which Jesus was actually born in Mbanza Kongo and baptized in the province of Nsundi. Also, Mary's mother was a slave of the Kongo aristocrat nobleman Nzimba Mpangi. And why not? This is no more heterodox than Mormonism.

The political turmoil that was the seedbed for this mass movement was the result of an invasion by the Portuguese to regain control control of their former client state, the Kingdom of Kongo.

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