<swipe left> The Akans believe there is life after death, meaning there is another world that people go to settle when they die. Regardless of ones religious beliefs, there's the believe that death is a journey to another world (usually believed to be in a spiritual realm). For example, Christianity accommodates this belief that human beings are on a journey, and this world is just a transit point. So at a point all humans will embark on this journey to the final destination (Heaven & Hell). Funeral rites are a way of sending off the deceased to the afterworld. It is believed that this journey could be a long one, and so during the funeral rites gifts "akwan kogya ade3" (send away gift) are given to the deceased to help them on the journey. The gift may include handkerchiefs, matches, water, Fabrics, sweets, money + whatever the family chooses to add. It could be anything that was a favorite of the deceased. People from not too distant families may also include gifts, and ask the deceased to give it to a relative who had died earlier. Some people leave messages with the deceased to deliver to their ancestors. If the deceased has relatives who stay abroad, they come with things from where they live (a reason why there are American flag Handkerchiefs among the gifts). .
📷: Nana Osei - 2017 .
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