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Title:Women in slavery among the Mangbetu c. 1800-1910
Author:Keim, C.A.ISNI
Book title:Women and slavery in Africa
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
female slaves
Abstract:Among the Mangebetu the role and importance of women in slavery can be considered a function of both economic and social organization. At the lineage level, the presence of female slaves provided labor and children for mastery of the environment. Through marriage with free men, female slaves and their children could be quickly integrated into lineages. In the 19th century the Mangbetu royal lineage began to centralize Mangbetu-related lineages and new forms of slavery appeared: the employment of female slaves as domestics by the royal lineage. Notes, ref.