5 super ‘entertaining’ things Africans do at funerals to see off the dead in style

Etsey Atisu Jul 21, 2019 at 05:00pm

July 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Etsey Atisu

Etsey Atisu | Staff Writer

July 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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Laid in Style

And while there are several places where the corpse of a person isn’t displayed even during the funeral ceremony, a few places in Africa go even further with the way they display their corpse. Imagine attending a funeral where the corpse is placed in a standing position or even made to sit down, facing the gathering.

This Twitter photo shows a dead man that has been attached to an electricity pole because he was an electrician.

Yes, that’s a form of practice for some African communities and while it might appear disgusting and insensitive, the decision or not to go ahead isn’t much of a public one to make.

All in all, funerals are gradually becoming bigger ceremonies for many Africans than even weddings, or the announcement of the birth of a child. At funerals, riches are displayed in what seems like a battle for the show of wealth in ways that make people question how it is that as these people lived, they never got so much support financially.

But at the end of the day, nothing beats the fact that Africans are redefining how funerals are done, in a way that can only be termed Truly African. Or, is it not?

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