African Culture

In the Southwestern Congo,women are forbidden to grieve elders when they die

The suku tribeThe suku tribe
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In the Southwestern Congo, the Suku tribe honors ancestors and elders when they die, with a ceremony held in a forest’s clearing. Here, gifts and offerings are brought, but outsiders and all women are forbidden to attend.

The suku tribe
The suku tribe

The people practice matrilineal culture. They speak a Bantu language called kiyaka, derived from the Niger-Congo dialects. The women’s work involves farming and collecting berries, nuts, and roots while the men are left with hunting and are reserved for the chiefdom.



 

When an elder dies, he is buried with a ceremony held in the clearing of a forest. Bambuta is the name of this sacred ceremony. The forest opening that is cleared is called the yipheesolu. Women can’t grieve elders, gifts and offerings are brought, but outsiders and all women are forbidden to attend.

The suku tribe burial ceremony
The suku tribe burial ceremony

According to History orally passed to generations, the Suku and their neighboring tribe, Yaka, invaded the Kongo Kingdom. This invasion happened in the 16th century. In the 19th century, it gained some independence after the Luanda-Chokwe Empire collapsed.

 

The people crafts various sculptures from woods that depict magical figures, religion, and everyday life. The people also craft complicated masks that are used for initiation.


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Francis Chidera
the authorFrancis Chidera
Popularly known as Chokolate is a content creator. A lover of simplified words making it easy to get to a wider audience. It pains to see that Africans are forgetting and neglecting who they are, hence, I am passionate about reminding us of our culture. I work with 54history on the African culture category, to achieve this aim.

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