Culture September 25, 2018 at 05:00 pm

Don’t be in the dark, this is how some Africans send off the dead

Farida Dawkins

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Farida Dawkins September 25, 2018 at 05:00 pm

September 25, 2018 at 05:00 pm | Culture

Famadihana, or “Turning of the Bones” ritual…Cloudmind


In Madagascar, a ceremony called ‘turning of the bones’ or Famadihana is performed on a dead person’s body once every five to seven years.

The body is unearthed by relatives and friends.  The body is then sprayed with perfume or wine. Family members dance with the body while a band plays music.  Others sit and tell stories, making new memories with those in attendance. The ritual serves as an opportunity to spend quality time with family members while others use it as a way to remember the deceased and make peace with their death, as explained by The Richest.


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