African - A king in central Africa. Brother of Bulanda and Mabela. He allowed Mbidi Kiluwe to sleep with his twin sisters and when Bulanda produced a son, Kalala Ilunga, he claimed him for himself. When the boy developed into a great dancer, the jealous king tried to kill him but the young man escaped and fled to his real father, Mbidi, whose army drove off Nkongolo's pursuing forces and killed Nkongolo. He was said to have been coloured red in life and survived after death as a huge, coloured serpent, the rainbow. In some lore, occasionally identified as Nkongolo, Rainbow King or Rainbow King.

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