Wyatt MacGaffey



J.R. Coleman Professor Emeritus in Social Anthropology, Haverford College, PA, USA. Seminal historical-anthropological studies on the Lower Congo area. Interpretation of oral traditions of this area in the light of trade relations; including:


J.R. Coleman Professor Emeritus Haverford College


Selected Bibliography:

"Concepts of race in the historiography of Northeast Africa", Journal of African History, 7, 1966: pp. 1-17.

Custom and Government in the Lower Congo. Los Angeles 1970;

(with J.M. Janzen) Anthology of Kongo Religion. Lawrance, Kansas 1974;

"Economic and social dimensions of Kongo slavery". In: S. Miers and I. Kopytoff (eds.), Slavery in Africa. Madison 1977: pp. 242-243.

"Fetishism Revisited: Kongo nkisi in Sociological Perspective", Africa 47 (2), 1977: 172184.

"Lineage structure, marriage and the family amongst the Central Bantu", Journal of African History, 24, 1983: pp. pp.184-185.

Modern Kongo Prophets. Bloomington 1983;

Lower Congo Ethnography, 1885-1921, Africa 56 (3), 1986: pp. 263-279.

Religion and Society in Central Africa. Chicago 1986;

Art and Healing of the BaKongo Commented by Themselves, Stockholm 1991;

(with M.D. Harris) Astonishment and Power, Washington 1993;

"Complexity, astonishment and power: the visual vocabulary of Kongo minkisi", Journal of southern African Studies (London) 14(2), 1988: pp. 188-203.

The Real Economy of Zaire. The contribution of smuggling and other unoffical acitivities to national wealth. London et al. 1991.

Kongo Political Culture. The Conceptual Challenge of the Particular, Bloomington and Indianapolis 2000


Paper: Crossing the river: myth and movement in Central Africa