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Ethiopian


African Tribal
African Funerals
African Funerals
The custom of burying the dead in the
floor of dwelling houses has been to some
degree prevalent on the Gold Coast of
Africa. The ceremony is purely animist,
and apparently without any set ritual. The
main exception is that the females of the
family of the deceased and their friends
may undergo mournful lamentations. In
some instances they work their feelings up
to an ostentatious, frenzy-like degree of
sorrow. The revelry may be heightened by the use of alcohol, of which drummers,
flute-players, bards, and singing men may partake. The funeral may last for as
much as a week. Another custom, a kind of memorial, frequently takes place
seven years after the person's death. These funerals and especially the memorials
may be extremely expensive for the family in question. Cattle, sheep, goats, and
poultry, may be offered in remembrance and then consumed in festivities.

Some funerals in Ghana are held with the deceased put in eleborate "fantasy
coffins" colored and shaped after a certain object, such as a fish, crab, boat, and
even an airplane.

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