In a practice that may seem strange to outsiders, the Kimbundu people of southern Angola have a tradition of beating up their dead before burying them. This ritual involves family and community members taking turns to strike the corpse with whips or other objects while it is still in the coffin.
While this practice may seem macabre, it is deeply rooted in Kimbundu culture and beliefs. According to some Kimbundu people, the beating is meant to chase away evil spirits that may be lingering around the deceased and prevent them from causing harm to the living. Others believe that the beating is a way to ensure that the deceased has a peaceful journey to the afterlife.
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The Kimbundu people view death as a transition from the world of the living to the world of the ancestors. They believe that the deceased still have a connection to the living and can influence their lives, which is why it is important to ensure that they are properly sent off to the afterlife. The beating ritual is just one of the many ways that the Kimbundu people honor their dead.
In a video that has been circulating online, family and community members can be seen gathered around a coffin, taking turns to strike the body inside with whips. The video has sparked controversy and shock among those who are not familiar with this Kimbundu tradition.
While some may view this practice as barbaric, it is important to remember that cultural practices and beliefs are deeply ingrained in a community’s identity and should be respected. The Kimbundu people have a rich history and culture, and this ritual is just one aspect of their cultural heritage