Reflection on euthanasia: Western and African Ntomba perspectives on the death of a chief.

@article{Bikopo2010ReflectionOE,
  title={Reflection on euthanasia: Western and African Ntomba perspectives on the death of a chief.},
  author={Deogratias Biembe Bikopo and L. V. van Bogaert},
  journal={Developing world bioethics},
  year={2010},
  volume={10 1},
  pages={
          42-8
        }
}
Largely, the concept of energy or vital force, as first analysed by Placide Tempels in Bantu Philosophy, permeates most African ontology systems, worldviews and life views. The Ntomba Chief is chosen because of his above average vital force. This puts him in the position of intermediary between the Supreme Being, the ancestors, and his subordinates. The waning of his energy is incompatible with his position because his energy is that of his tribe. When installed, he takes an oath that, when… Expand
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