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Baluba

 

(Luba), a people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire); inhabit primarily the province of Katanga and contiguous districts of the province of Kasai. Population, 2.8 million (1967).

The language of the Baluba is Kiluba (Chiluba), one of the most widespread Central African languages. Kiluba belongs to the central group of the Bantu language family; it uses a script with a Latin base. The religion of the Baluba is Christianity, but ancient beliefs (ancestor worship, animism, and others) persist. The Baluba founded their own state of Baluba during the Middle Ages. The Baluba have engaged in agriculture since ancient times. Applied arts, particularly artistic wood carving, are highly developed. Many Baluba work at enterprises in Katanga.

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The Congolese-Irishwoman, who does some part-time modelling, was swiftly recruited by her fellow Baluba tribespeople into becoming their representative for the Miss Congo competition.
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There are similarities between the Shona and what Tempels noted about the Shaba Baluba, a group he studied in the Congo, which confirms the horizontal relationships between these Bantu people.