African Beliefs and Traditions

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  • Most African people regard death with great reverence and awe. Researchers and practitioners in death care have observed that in the study of crosscultural differences, considerations of culture/subculture, spirituality/religion, and social class are important factors that influence attitudes, beliefs, and values in death, dying, and funeral rites. Crosscultural research reports that factors such as social class and spirituality are important in explaining the range and diversity of beliefs, values, and practices observed among African people.

    Africa is a vast continent with considerable diversity among its people. A number of distinctive cultural traditions concerning births and deaths have been observed across its various subcultures, societies, and tribes. Many Africans observe and identify with a variety of spiritual beliefs and many of their attitudes, beliefs, and values about ...

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    • Conceptualization of Death, Dying, and the Human Experience
    • Arts, Media, and Popular Culture
    • Causes of Death
    • Coping with Loss and Grief
    • Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    • Developmental and Demographic Perspectives
    • Disposition of the Deceased
    • Funerals and Death-Related Activities
    • Legal Matters
    • Mass Death
    • Process of Dying
    • Religion
    • Rituals, Ceremonies, and Celebrations
    • Suicide, Euthanasia, and Homicide
    • Theories and Concepts
    • Unworldly Entities and Events
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