African Tribal
African Funeral Traditions
Funerals Around the World
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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