Nkisi are Congolese spirits venerated by various African Diaspora traditions including:

• Cuba’s Reglas de Palo (“Rules of Palo”), also known as Reglas de Kongo

• Brazil’s Candomblé Congo (Kimbanda), also known as Candomblé Angola

Nkisi include all kinds of spirits, divine ancestors, and elemental forces. Many Nkisi seem to correspond to Orishas, but whether or not they are the same, are distinct, or have influenced each other is subject to vigorous debate.

Also known as:

Inkisi; Mpungo



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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.

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