Bateke


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Bateke

 

a people living along the middle reaches of the Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the People’s Republic of the Congo, and in the Republic of Gabon. Their total number is about 900,000 (1967 estimate). The language spoken by the Bateke is Kiteke, belonging to the Bantu language family. Most Bateke adhere to traditional beliefs, although some are Christian. Their principal occupations are tropical farming (cassava, legumes), fishing, and gathering of fruits. Some Bateke work on oil palm plantations and in enterprises at Kinshasa, Brazzaville, and elsewhere.

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(28) Todavia, o Manicongo controlava totalmente as rotas de comercio (que iam do norte ao sul do rio Zaire) e a cobranca de tributos das varias provincias que se localizavam no planalto de Benguela aos planaltos Bateke, e do litoral Atlantico ate o rio Cuango, incluindo, ainda, a bacia do rio Inkisi.
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