BY Farida Dawkins, 5:00pm September 25, 2018,

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

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

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

Madagascar

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.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: September 25, 2018

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