Angolan funerals and funeral traditions

30/04/2021

Unfortunately, we had an accident and the husband's oldest brother died unexpectedly. I have never thought about the issue of funerals in Angola. Whether they are the same as in our country or completely different. The news came like a bolt from the blue and I had to adapt to the situation, everything was going really fast and there was no time for any explanation. The funeral here begins the moment the death occurs. Nothing is being prepared for any given day. You will learn the information, get dressed and go to a place where the mourning process takes place for several days. This is usually the place where the person lived or the parents' place of residence. All women take off jewelry, wigs, hairpieces, do not paint and wear an ordinary T-shirt and an African fabric wrapped around the waist, which is called "pano". Before entering the house, he places a table decorated with flowers and sets up a photograph of the deceased. The door or gate to the house does not close, more and more people come during the day and night, only mourning and mourning songs and desperate lamentation can be heard. Nothing stops at night, people take turns sleeping wherever they can, on the ground and in cars. Neighbors will usually also allow you to build field kitchens in its gardens. After a few days, he brings the coffin, which remains until the next day, and the immediate family sits next to it in a special shelter that is being built the day before. Older women and relatives all around dance ritual mourning dances and sing. The next day there is a procession to the cemetery, where a classic funeral takes place, as we know it here. After storing the remains, Kar, who is no longer crying, continues, and stories are told about the deceased. In traditional families, such as the husband's next days, the distribution of the estate follows. The wife can choose a few things that will pay off for the family and the rest of the things will be analyzed by the rest of the family. Such a traditional funeral lasts up to 10 days. There are many other funeral traditions. The daughter-in-law, for example, has to buy a special coffin suit, a sheet and also drinks for mourning guests for her deceased father-in-law. He then passes everything on to the council of elders in the presence of his mother-in-law and husband. In general, I would say that funerals here are very drastic for the bereaved, but Africans are strong people. I described to you a traditional funeral, which took place in a family house. But what about funerals in the housing estate? Many people today live in newly built prefabricated houses. Here the funerals are almost identical, only the length of the funeral is shorter and the funeral loses privacy. volume_upcontent_copyshare