Charisma, Cannabis, and Crossing Africa

Johannes Fabian

in Out of Our Minds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221222
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923935 | DOI:
Charisma, Cannabis, and Crossing Africa

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Many discoveries entertained European readers, fed the greed for power and wealth of many nations, and made explorers famous. This chapter presents one discovery that was absent from ancient myths and contemporary projects of exploration. The celebrated first European crossing of the continent from west to east by Pogge and Wissmann (in the end by Wissmann alone) and the founding of what became a strategic post for the Congo Free State (Luluaburg) hinged on the discovery of the bene diamba, “the children of hemp,” who lived in the land of lubuku, “friendship,” or moyo, “life.” The long-term effects of Pogge's and Wissman's association with the Bashilange have been fateful. In short, they set up one of the most conflict-ridden ethnic categorizations and divisions in colonial and postcolonial times: Between the Lulua and the Baluba Kasai.

Keywords: European explorers; central Africa; Congo Free State; Pogge; Weismann; land of friendship; children of hemp; Lulua; Baluba Kasai

Chapter.  13066 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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