I agree. I often find religion is not worth the required early investment, therefore as Kongo I don't miss it at all. Its true. I probably should have been more specific in the OP. Some games I want a majority peaceful building game and Kongo are my first choice for this. Yes they will get wiped out by an early human Scythia. I mean you could argue for the best strategy for any condition is to play Scythia, 'cleanse' your continent then turtle to whatever condition you wish. There's not much that can compete with that because Scythia is so broken, but that's going off topic. Also, you're right about trading peanuts for early Relics. The rewards are good for any civ but Kongo takes the cake. Also, depending on the random order of the first Great Artists, you can usually get at least some Sculptures by around turn 90 or so on standard.