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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 rebellion is now known as the Kwamina Nsapu rebellion and encompasses a militia made up of mainly Luba people from the region.
The rural Luba people in the town of Kamina and surrounding villages negotiate their understanding of Christian mandates and local tradition and practice, demonstrating that their appropriation of Christianity and local indigenous tradition can motivate practices of peace.
As if this were not enough, the company suffered a severe loss of skilled workers as politicians from the Lunda tribe initiated a xenophobic movement against the Luba people, who constitute a considerable part of the labour force, on spurious racial grounds.