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Burying the dead at home: A culture in Northern Ghana.

It is the dream of every individual to be given a befitting burial. What constitute a befitting burial differs from one society to the other.

In some societies, befitting burial is being buried with the most expensive clothes and casket. To some, it is when a large burial service is organized in honour of the dead. To others, befitting burial refers to being laid down in one's own compound.

Burying a person in his compound is a tradition practiced by societies such as in the Northern Ghana by tribes such as the Kusaase, Bimoba, Frafra, Dagombas, Dagaabas and many others.

Who qualifies to be buried at home?

1. To be buried at home, one must have lived a decent life in one's lifetime.

2. To be laid in one's own compound, one must have died a natural death. Dieing mysteriously at a youthful age does not qualify one to be buried at home.

Why are heroes buried at home?

1. The culture of burying the dead at home is a special honour given to the dead for the responsible and heroic life he/she lived.

2. Belief also has it that when the dead is buried at home, he continues to protect his family spiritually.

3. Burying the dead at home also makes him/her to be remembered forever. As he/she lies in front of the house, generations born and unborn will always be told " there lies the man who lived that heroic life".

Though not compulsory, it will be an honour to be buried home.


By: jmahama

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Bimoba Dagaabas Dagombas Frafra Northern Ghana


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