Itonde, Mongo and Nkundo (central Zaire, Africa), is a god of death. He consumes rats as food and is also the god of hunters in the deep jungle forests. He is described in the Epic of Lianja as the first man to die whose spirit at the instant of death into the son of Lianja. He possesses a bell having magical properties, the clejo, by which he predicts when death will strike. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993. pp. 119-120