10 Things Everybody Should Know About African Death Rituals
There are many ideas among the death and what happens after we die. Every culture, every religion has it’s own ideas about how is lifeafter death or what happens with our bodies after it. But in this special case, I want to present 10 ideas of the African culture about the death:
1. - In the religions of Africa, life does not endwith death, but continues in another realm. The concepts of "life" and "death" are not mutually exclusive concepts, and there are no clear dividing lines between them. Human existence is a dynamicprocess involving the increase or decrease of "power" or "life force," of "living" and "dying," and there are different levels of life and death.
2. - Death does not alter or end the life or thepersonality of individual, but only causes a change in its conditions.
3. - Death, although a dreaded event, is perceived as the beginning of a person's deeper relationship with all of creation, thecomplementing of life and the beginning of the communication between the visible and the invisible worlds. The goal of life is to become an ancestor after death. This is why every person who dies must begiven a "correct" funeral, supported by a number of religious ceremonies. If this is not done, the dead person may become a wandering ghost, unable to "live" properly after death and therefore a dangerto those who remain alive.
4. - It might be argued that "proper" death rites are more a guarantee of protection for the living than to secure a safe passage for the dying.
5. - Many Africanpeoples have a custom of removing a dead body through a hole in the wall of a house, and not through the door. The reason for this seems to be that this will make it difficult (or even impossible) for thedead person to remember the way back to the living, as the hole in the wall is immediately closed
6. - Many other peoples take special pains to ensure that the dead are easily able to return to...
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