Mongo (people)

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The Mongo are a Bantu -Volk, the northwest of the Congo Basin in the former province of Equateur to the Democratic Republic of Congo lives.


Along with Bakongo , Baluba and Lunda , the Mongo are one of the four main peoples in the Congo who make up the largest part of the population. The Mongo speak different dialects of Mongo language ( ISO 639 -3: lol), as well as the national lingua franca Lingala (ISO 639-3: lin).


Mongo tribes are Bolia, Bokote, Bongandu, Konda , Mbole, Dengese , Nkutu, Ntomba, Kole, Sengele , Songomeno, Iyasa, Bakutu, Bakusu, Iyadjima (Iyaelima), Boyela, Batetela. Georges van der Kerken puts the origin in the region of the upper Nile and there near the great lakes Albertsee , Edwardsee and Victoriaee .


  • Georges van der Kerken: L'ethnie Mongo. Histoire, groupements, sous-groupements, origines; visions, représentations et explications du monde; sociologie, économie, ergologie, langues et arts des peuples mongo, politique indigène, contacts avec peuples voisins. 2 vol. Falk, Bruxelles 1944.
  • Gustave E. Hulstaert: Elements pour l'histoire mongo ancienne. Académie royale des sciences d'outre-mer, Bruxelles 1984.
  • François Bontinck: L'ethnonyme Mongo. In: Annales aequatoria. Mbandaka, Vol. 12, 1991, pp. 462-470. ( Online , PDF).
  • Rosemarie Eggert: The Mongo Economic System (Equatorial Region, Zaire) on the eve of colonization. A reconstruction. Reimer, Berlin 1987, ISBN 3-496-00873-3 .

Web links

Commons : Mongo  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ethnologue
  2. ^ Georges van der Kerken: L'ethnie Mongo. Falk, Bruxelles 1944