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

Two Bibongo girls at a funeral…Vimeo


In Gabon, the Babongo or Bongo people, who are also known as the forest people engage in a village-wide ceremony for their deceased members.

Firstly, the entire village is cleansed. The body is then cleaned and adorned in burial cloth; the body is buried by the men of the village.

The women then sanitize the village; they paint their faces white, sing, play drums and dance in a ritual that lasts for three days.

Babongo funeral from Jonathan Clay on Vimeo.


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