Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Queen Nzinga of Ndongo (Angola), Reputed Serial Killer - 1663


EXCERPT: (Wikipedia): Queen Anna Nzinga (c. 1583 – December 17, 1663), also known as Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, was a 17th-century queen (muchino a muhatu) of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola.

According to the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Boudoir, Nzinga was a woman who "immolated her lovers." De Sade's reference for this comes from History of Zangua, Queen of Angola. It claims that after becoming queen, she obtained a large, all male harem at her disposal. Her men fought to the death in order to spend the night with her and, after a single night of lovemaking, were put to death. It is also said that Nzinga made her male servants dress as women. In 1633, Nzinga's oldest brother died of cancer, which some attribute to her.

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EXCERPT: It has been suggested that Queen Nzinga was a cannibal. Cannibalism was part of the lifestyle and dietary practices of the Imbangala tribe of Africa. Stories about Imbangala cannibalism were reported by African witnesses like the kings of Kongo who complained about it.

She declared herself an Imbangala immediately after she fled from her homeland at the suggestion of the Portuguese. Nzinga introduced her people to a ritualistic cannibalism. There seems little doubt that Queen Nzinga was a cannibal and encouraged the practice among her people.

Very little is known about the serial murders themselves. It is known that Queen Nzinga’s brother Mbande died from poisoning, and rumors abounded that Nzinga had poisoned him. Her lovers were reportedly executed, but the manner of execution remains unknown.

Queen Nzinga “engaged in the indiscriminate killing of her subjects,” it was contended. There were two definite murders, and after that little reliably unknown. The number of her one-night-stand lovers who were murdered is unknown, and there is no information about the murder of women who were killed because they violated the “vulgi-vaguability” statute [“On pain of death women were to make themselves available at all times for sex.” (K. Ramsland) The existence of this law is regarded as some as a “myth.”]

The time frame of these crimes is uncertain, but we can narrow it down to a relatively manageable estimate. An early seventeenth-century time frame was suggested. Queen Nzinga killed between 1823 and 1663, it was also estimated. A 30-year duration of the serial crimes was reported.

[Di Dirk C. Gibson, Legends, Monsters, Or Serial Murderers?: The Real Story Behind an Ancient Crime, 2002, ABC-CLIO, p. 107]

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For more cases see: Cannibal Murderesses

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