Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Funeral

One very interesting experience while I was in the Akuapem Mountain area passing through a village on the way to Fotobi was the witnessing of a village wide event of some sorts. The people of the village were dressed in black traditional clothing and a group of them were carrying signs as they marched through the streets. I asked our host what was happening, he explained it was a funeral. The signs were to announce the death and same day funeral of the resident. There are no means of advertising in the village or posting a notice, so they march through the community with signs. Later we saw the village residence around a town square mourning/celebrating the life and death of the resident with music and dance. As were leaving we witnessed the digging of the grave on the edge of the village. I did not take any pictures, as it did not feel like the right thing to do.

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