Loading...

While in many communities, the dead are buried lying down and usually with their arms bent and hands folded across the chest, a number of Luhya sub-tribes in western Kenya opt to bury their dead in a sitting position.

The custom of burying people seated is believed to have originated from the precolonial King of the Wanga community, Nabongo Mumia.

      The Wanga kings are wrapped in animal skin; and a stool, the symbol of power, placed on their head.

The Wanga are not the only ones with such a tradition. The Bukusu, Idakho, Tachoni and Kabras also conduct the burial of their elders this way.

Not only do they believe that burying the dead the ‘proper’ way will ward off evil spirits but also show respect to the elders as they go to the other world. It is also a way of connecting the community with the king, who they believe is watching over his family even in death.

Even in modern days, the tradition is still observed but with various modifications. When King Nabongo Japheth Wambani Rapando died in 2012, his coffin was constructed to look like a reclining chair.  It was designed and built before the king passed on.

The first Wanga king, Nabongo Shiundu was buried in one of his wives’ house. Wamanya was the mother of King Mumia. His bones were later removed and buried at Matungu, the traditional site for the Nabongos.

Before the burial, the next king must be selected. Unlike in “Wakanda”, where mortal combat was the way to determine the ruler, in the Wanga community, the elders anoint a successor from the late king’s sons. The chosen son will then spear an animal, which must fall next to the king’s body to indicate the king’s approval of the elders’ choice. Anything less, the process has to be repeated.

The skin from the bull is usually wrapped around the dead king.

The climax of the funeral ceremony is the coronation of the next king. The elders give him the omukasa (copper bracelet symbolising the Nabongoship) and dress him in a colobus monkey skin.

 

ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON: FACE2FACEAFRICA

 

Vacation for less……Finding cheap places to travel in 2017 is easier than you thought. You want to take a vacation but yet feel like you don’t have enough funds to make it happen, don’t worry; you don’t have to starve the travel bug entirely. You have many options than you think as well as multitude ways to save money on an amazing trip; you could go on a group vacation with friends or family and also, procuring affordable accommodations such as hostels that can save you lots of money. All you have to do is choose your destinations wisely and plan your trip well in advance….. The following are all wonderful ideas to vacation for less and also save some cash.

Greece! Not only is this country one of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world but also cheap. It’s been recently tough on Greece’s economy but don’t be put off by this, if anything all, the current financial situation is the more reason to travel there to support the locals. This also means that currently, prices are cheaper than usual. Be sure to check out the historical sites, the major museums, the beautiful beaches and don’t forget to visit the country’s capital, Athens while you are there.

 

 

Jamaica! Think again if you think you can’t afford to travel to this exotic island. Jamaica is known for its beautiful beaches, turquoise waters. Nothing is comparable to relaxing on the white sugar like sand under the hot Jamaican sun with a chilled drink in hand. But of course there is more to this island than just exotic beaches, there are some pretty beautiful and affordable hotels, great food (oh don’t miss out on some spicy jerk chicken). There are also the lush green mountains you can take a ride through. If you have a family you should check out Holiday Inn all-inclusive Resort in Montego Bay.

 

Egypt! Home of the ancient Pharaohs, vast stretch of desert and it numerous mind-blowing ancient sites; you would think that traveling there will cost you a lot more than it actually does. This country is an astounding destination of temples and tombs that marvels all who visit. There is something for everyone there, the beach lovers and those looking for a sun kissed body (tan) heads to the Sinai to soak up the sun, also there is something for the fans of archaeology in Luxor, all these tempered with cheap but excellent food and decent budget accommodation, it is not difficult at all to feel like you are almost living the lifestyle of a pharaoh. Hey before I forget be sure to see the famous Nile River. You definitely will want to try the dish, ful medames. However, check the latest advice before you go as some governments due to safety concerns advice against travel to all parts of the country.

 

Kenya! I like to think no other place on the planet gives such an aura of romance and adventure as this country does. If it’s your first time visiting, the complete variety of things to do is impressive. In a single trip to Kenya, you can visit tropical forests, beautiful beaches, and deserts, climb mountains and explore the wild. It is possible to plan a safari that combines adventure, relaxation and natural simplicity. And of course in Kenya wildlife is top on the list. Come eye-to-eye with an elephant in Amboseli National Reserve, or be in awe at Lake Nakuru flecked with thousands of flamingoes. The Malindi Marine National Park has fine beaches for the beach lovers, clear water and very colorful fishes. There, you can surf, snorkel and other water sports. HAKUNA MATATA.

 

BELIZE! This small, sub-tropical country is simply divine! And is becoming the real deal due to its beautiful natural environment and affordability…..if you love outdoors, water and beaches then this place is absolutely for you. During summer the Caribbean waters are very warm and thus it’s the best time to enjoy some of Belize’s popular recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, diving and snorkeling. Belize has very lovely seascapes and so you could explore it coastline which is well over 300 kilometers.

SOUTH AFRICA! There are many compelling reasons to travel to this superb destination rich in culture and history. South Africa is blessed with magnificent scenery, natural landscapes, Beautiful weather, and incredible locations. There you will Experience cultural interactions that are real and inspiring, spend a day in a Zulu village or a city township; and you will find that South Africans are real friendly. When it comes to music, you can feel the energy of the cities. South Africa is also known for producing some impeccable wines. Don’t miss out on wine tasting, I say you can almost taste your way around South Africa. The safari adventures, great foods, music, magnificent scenery will indulge your senses.

So are you ready for some ‘chillaxation’ on some exotic island, try new foods, meet and make new friends, experience different cultures and music? Then you my friend should start packing your bags for some fantastic experience! Travel to these amazing and yet affordable destinations that won’t break your bank.