Tag Archives: West Africa

Funeral and Burial Practices in Liberia

Even during the Ebola outbreak, Liberians insisted on proper burials for their loved ones

Honoring loved ones who have died is very important for the Liberian people. Though there are many regions in Liberia that have differing customs, there are certain beliefs and practices that are employed by many Liberians across the West African … Continue reading

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Sobonfu Somé Shares Dagara Grief Wisdom with a Smile

African elder and spiritual teacher creates community through grief

Sobonfu Somé, born in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, says she spoke to the elders in her village before she was born, and her name “Sobonfu” reflects her prenatal intent to be “keeper of the rituals.” When she … Continue reading

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Memorial Song: “Africa Stop Ebola” — A Song of Hope and Caring

“Africa Stop Ebola” brings together African music superstars and resonates with encouragement and information about the deadly infectious disease

The word Ebola evokes fear, suspicion and mistrust. Ebola is highly contagious, painful and often ends in death. It begins with symptoms most of us have experienced before: fever, sore throat, muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea. But with Ebola, it does not … Continue reading

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Mourning and Celebration of Life in the Burial Rites of Igbo Culture

Today we explore how the tradition of dual burials in Igbo culture affects how life is memorialized and cherished

Funerals in Igbo culture — the culture of one of Africa’s largest ethnic groups — can be a time for both celebration and for mourning. With a life expectancy in the country extending just upwards of 54 years (as of … Continue reading

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