Malexena Ma Nkana Mu Ncemi
(Bulape: A.P.C.M, 1922). . 8vo; original burgundy cloth, lettered in gilt to upper cover; pp. 105. Cloth lightly rubbed. Very good condition. Highly uncommon mission imprint: a Tshiluba (or Luba-group) Book of Church Order, or Scripture primer, with excerpts from the Pentateuch, Joshua, and the gospels. OCLC and Copac find no repositories holding this title, nor is it in the Doke Collection, though it is listed by the University Library of Gent, Belgium. Bulape is a town north of Mweka, in the Kasai-Occidental province of Congo (Kinshasa), where Presbyterian missionaries have been active since early colonial times. In 1938, Virginia Garner wrote of the place: "Bulape is located in the forest country and is on a hill like all the other stations of this mission. There are people of three different tribes here, the Baketi, Baluba, and Bakuba. The Bakuba, to the north, control the whole section and makes slaves of the other people. The whole Baketi tribe are subject to Lukenga's [Lukengo's] rule, king of the Bakuba, and many smaller tribes as well. The missionaries here have to learn three languages. Our little Baluba is still good here thank goodness, as we know more of that than any other language in Africa." - Images Out of Africa: The Virginia Garner Diaries of the Africa Motion Picture Project, p. 96.
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