Separation

By Monica Demott
(formerly University of Iowa)

Among the Senufo, funerals of important elders are elaborate rituals lasting four to five days and involving numerous masked dancers and musicians.  Funerals are an occasion for the community to honor the deceased and to witness the Poro society enact rituals of the utmost importance for the deceased and for the village.  Until the deceased are properly buried, they are considered to be both dead and alive.