A Mpungu is a Congolese spirit. The plural is Kimpungulu. These spirits form the pantheon of the Afro-Cuban spiritual tradition, Palo. The term Nkisi is sometimes used as a synonym for Mpungu, but technically a Nkisi is an object that contains a Mpungu.
See also: Lucero; Nkisi
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.