The Kongo people see the
cosmos divided into “this world” (nza yahi) and “the
land of the dead” (nsi a bafwa). It is thought that
one place the land of the dead can be found is in the forest.
Cemeteries are usually located in the forest. The forest, it is
believed, is the village of the dead and the wild animals are their
livestock. To see both worlds one must have four eyes to see this world
as well as the other. Dogs are thought to have this ability because
they live in the village with their masters but also hunt in the
forest. Some say that on the way to the village of the dead one passes
through the village of the dogs.
hamlet on the Diamvonoo
of Africa by Dr. Georg Schweinfurth, 1874)
Here are my dogs who have gone on into the forest. I will see you again
when it is my turn to enter the forest.
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