The Orungu are a Gabonese ethnos group . They are probably established since the end of XVè century on the littoral and in the delta of the Ogooué in the area of Port-Gentil and took an active part, like other coastal people, with the draft of the slaves with Europeans. Some their chiefs left a memory like Ndongo (or Réto-Ndongo) which guided its people towards the ocean with the assistance of a guide Pygmy, Bèndjè, Rénwombi-Mpolo " Grand" , most powerful of the chiefs Orungu, Rogombé " Batailleur" , known as Passol, which guerroyait against the Nkomi about 1840. Ombango, called king Pascal by Europeans, accommodated the explorer Paul Belloni Of Chaillu in 1856. The Nyanguényona chief negotiated the transfer of the island Mandji (site of Port-Gentil) to the French in 1873. Rebelled, last chief of this line, died in 1932.
According to the classification of the Langues bantoues established by Malcolm Guthrie the orungu belongs to the group of the languages myènè (B10) and is coded B11b.
For more infos on Orungu, alive in the area of Port-Gentil, go to http://www.mandji.net
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