In my (Stacey’s) experience, there is nothing more depressing than Kwakum funerals. Why are they depressing? Many reasons. First of all, they occur frequently, often due to preventable causes. Secondly, they are long; around six days of wailing and sleeping in the dirt. Third, they are riddled with traditions that do not honor God. For instance, attendees often try to divine the person responsible for the death of the individual (because they believe that most if not all deaths are caused by witchcraft) and this leads to false accusations, screaming, and violence. There are also traditions forced upon the bereaved so that they will not experience the same fate that occurred to the deceased (such as certain types of cleansing rituals). Fourth, harmful substances are used by young and old which leads, once again, to fights and violence. Finally, I have looked at corpse upon corpse knowing that they never heard the Gospel and that they are suffering in Hell…and I just can’t take it anymore…[READ MORE]
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