Balanta's Funeral - Guinea Bissau 2009

Balanta’s Funeral 

Balatans is  the only etnia in Guinea Bissau who don’t have a leader, it’s an anarchic society. There is a wise men board who take all the important decisions. They are animist and belive in spirits.When somebody die, they make a huge ceremony as big as the dead persons family is. They start  with the sacrifice of an animal.Men stay in one part drinking Cayu or Palma liquor, their traditional drinks, while women stay in another place all together. 

During the ceremony young women start dancing and singing balantas songs. Afterward, they start praying before the close relatives bury the coffin. After that the celebration continues. 

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