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

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins September 25, 2018 at 05:00 pm

September 25, 2018 at 05:00 pm | Culture

Nandi Elder…Cheison


The Nandi people of Kenya prepare for the death of a loved one by moving the person out of the home and placing them in an open field far away.

If the person recovered, they would be welcome back home. If not, their corpse is left in the field which would result in it being consumed by hyenas, as documented by International Encyclopedia.

In other regions of Kenya, the body of the mourned is smeared with the fat of a recently sacrificed and untarnished bull. This task is carried out by the eldest son.

Members of the Pokot tribe are known to vacate the house of a dying person, in fears of dying themselves.


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