Capuchin Missionary and his Entourage being Greeted in Front of Village, Sogno, Kingdom of Kongo, 1740s


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Source
Paola Collo and Silvia Benso (eds.), Sogno: Bamba, Pemba, Ovando e altre contrade dei regni di Congo, Angola e adjacenti (Milan: published privately by Franco Maria Ricci, 1986), p. 93.

Comments
A procession, one of Africans holding cross aloft, kneeling in front of the missionary; village in background. Caption notes that the missionary, before entering a village, is greeted by a procession; the missionary blesses the people and they then proceed to the church where he taught the catechism, performed marriages, heard confessions, etc. This source in Italian is a modern printing of a 1747 manuscript (located in the Biblioteca Civica of Turin) which describes Capuchin expeditions to the Kingdom of Kongo. The watercolor paintings record moments in the daily lives of missionaries Bernardino Ignazio and Gaspare da Bassano, who were resident in Sogno from 1743-1747. Sogno (Sonyo in English) was a province of the kingdom. The illustrations and accompanying manuscript were done by Ignazio. (Thanks to James Sweet for assistance in interpreting the source.)