BEERDIGUNG und TRADTION in Kenia
ein Bericht von Lavender
To you our friends in Germany and Switzerland. We are saddened to inform you that we lost one of our Guardian (Benter Awino) who was the grandmother of Christine Awino and passed on three week ago and was laid to rest on 25th of November 2022. As Alpha-Care-Kenya e.V. and Hope-Foundation-Kenya fraternity, we came together as a family to give our fellow a good send off . Thank you so much for the support you gave towards the funeral arrangements .It was highly appreciateted.
And on that note, I would like to give a little overview of the African culture on the death rite specifically the Luo community.
In the Luo community we have three rites of passage which is Birth, Marriage and Death .I would like to share with you how we handle death as a rite of passage .Death is celebrated in Africa as it marks the final phase of human life . The life lived by the dead is celebrated by giving a proper send off which is channelled through a procedure .
When one dies, the body is taken to the mortuary for preservation as the funeral arrangements are underway. The storage period normally takes three weeks to one month, depending on the financial capability. During this period the berieved family is visited by friends and relatives for condolences .Once everything is ready the body of the dead is brought home carried in a casket , the body is not burried immediately but instead, it’s left overnight for night vigil after which the body is lowered into the grave a day after …the burial ceremony is encountered by tributes and a holy mass .
After the burial, the immediate family of the dead stays around for three days mourning the dead ,upon the expiry of the these three days , a ritual of hair shaving is performed on the immediate family members and in order show the grief. Shaving of hair is the very last step of the death rite .After this event people can leave at their own time and go back to their various places ….a year later , an anniversary is done for the dead as a way of remembering the dead .