Discover the similarities between the funeral rites of the Cree people of Canada and Nigerian cultures

Discover the similarities between the funeral rites of the Cree people of Canada and Nigerian cultures

click photo for more information
Discover the similarities between the funeral rites of the Cree people of Canada and Nigerian cultures
<p class="">Canada, like America, has about 45 indigenous tribes, with diverse cultures and beliefs. Read about one of such tribes here.</p> <h1>The Cree people are one of the First Nations in Canada.</h1> <p class="">The history of indigenous peoples in Canada is rich and diverse, stretching long before the arrival of the European newcomers. The First […]
1
58

<p class="">Canada, like America, has about 45 indigenous tribes, with diverse cultures and beliefs. Read about one of such tribes here.</p>

<h1>The Cree people are one of the First Nations in Canada.</h1>

<p class="">The history of indigenous peoples in Canada is rich and diverse, stretching long before the arrival of the European newcomers. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis were the original inhabitants of the land that is now called Canada. After many diverse interactions and conflict, these people continue to live in different parts of Canada and continue to play important roles in the country’s development and future.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/YTM7MDA_/0a0a1264cc16013283ef6cf03e69e3ee.jpg" alt="Ancient Cree people from Canada [The Canadian Encyclopedia]"> <figcaption>Ancient Cree people from Canada [The Canadian Encyclopedia]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The Cree are one of such indigenous or aboriginal people. They are the largest First Nations in North America. According to Wikipedia, there are over 350,000 people of Cree descent or have Cree ancestry. These hunter-gatherers are scattered around the large country and live in "lodges" made up of 8-12 natives.</p>

<p class="">The Cree have gone on to form political organisations but still keep their cultural traditions and customs sacred.</p>

<h3>Funeral rites</h3>

<p class="">Like many African tribes, Cree people believe in spirits, visions and dreams. They believe that each living thing possesses a spirit which is eternal and when we die, the spirit continues the journey in the universe.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/Y2Q7MDA_/b662702ce7454d765a80701a656735e6.jpg" alt="Funeral ceremony in Abiriba, Abia State [Gubanu]"> <figcaption>Funeral ceremony in Abiriba, Abia State [Gubanu]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">They also believe in the connection between the living and dead, and the circle of life, which is essentially part of Igbo Odinani.</p>

<p class="">When a person dies, their funeral Wake may last up to four days and three nights. Friends and relatives continuously take turns staying with the body. As people come and go they relate stories of earlier days and share memories of the deceased. They may laugh or cry, whatever to ease the tension.</p>

<p class="">In preparation for the burial, women are the main actors. They are involved in washing and dressing the body, and making moccasins to placed on the corpse’s feet.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/OWQ7MDA_/6287ef4b87ff063326dbd5844159f2c3.jpg" alt="A Cree woman [The Canadian Encyclopedia]"> <figcaption>A Cree woman [The Canadian Encyclopedia]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Women also prepare the meals during the days of bereavement and for the funeral. The intention of the feast is to eat with the Spirits.</p>

<p class="">Sweetgrass is placed in the right hand of the deceased for purification, Tobacco is placed in the casket to aid communication between the Creator and his creatures and a personal article is also left with the body.</p>

<p class="">At the grave site prayers are offered and songs are often sung. Before the casket is lowered into the earth it is covered with a blanket as a gesture of farewell and respect. If the deceased was married it is often the marriage blanket which is used. The casket is then lowered into the earth. The male relatives and friends fill the grave with earth before all the mourners congregate at the feast to pray for the Spirit’s journey and well being.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MDE7MDA_/6bbe3f595d463f7753b68346ed36d69f.jpg" alt="Typical burial ceremony in Nigeria [Daily Nigerian]"> <figcaption>Typical burial ceremony in Nigeria [Daily Nigerian]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Cree people do not cry during the night after the fourth sun has set to honor the deceased’s Spirit. Then, the deceased’s property is distributed to remove earthly anchors and allow the Spirit complete freedom to depart from those who mourn it.</p>

<p class="">After a year has passed the deceased’s family gives a feast to honor the passage of the Spirit from the body, like a memorial service.</p>

<p class="">It is easy to see the similarities with the funeral rites of several Nigerian cultures, such as the Igbos who believe in reincarnation and the influence of the spiritual over the natural, just as traditional Cree spirituality strongly reinforces that though the body undergoes physical transformations, the Spirit remains unchanged.</p>

New Video – Nasty C feat. Rowlene – SMA (Vol. 1)

click photo for more information
New Video – Nasty C feat. Rowlene – SMA (Vol. 1)
South African rapper, Nasty C has released the video for his song, “SMA (Vol. 1)”. The song features singer Rowlene. Watch it below: The post New Video – Nasty C feat. Rowlene – SMA (Vol. 1) appeared first on BellaNaija – Showcasing Africa to the world. Read today!. Related
0
6

Sharon Ojong shares how An Unknown Individual allegedly Spiked her Drink at an Event

click photo for more information
Sharon Ojong shares how An Unknown Individual allegedly Spiked her Drink at an Event
Fashion entrepreneur and YouTuber Sharon Ojong on Sunday took to her Instagram to share how her drink was spiked at a club over the weekend. She says she has a suspect, a man who she says was all over her on the said day, adding that there was something creepy about him. Although nothing eventually […]
0
5

JAMB to publish names of impersonators for past 10 years – Registrar

click photo for more information
JAMB to publish names of impersonators for past 10 years – Registrar
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB,has said it will soon compile and released names of people who have impersonated in its examinations in the past ten years. Continue reading JAMB to publish names of impersonators for past 10 years – Registrar at Vanguard News Nigeria. Related
0
5

Nic’s Butchery partners CCD Superstores to promote healthy lifestyle

click photo for more information
Nic’s Butchery partners CCD Superstores to promote healthy lifestyle
Nic’s Butchery and CCD Superstores, a subsidiary of Nosak Group have announced a new partnership that will see the retail outlets stock Nic’s brand of fresh meat in all its outlets across Lagos State. Continue reading Nic’s Butchery partners CCD Superstores to promote healthy lifestyle at Vanguard News Nigeria. Related
0
6

CSO commends Obaseki, others for domesticating open governance partnership

click photo for more information
CSO commends Obaseki, others for domesticating open governance partnership
A civil liberty organisation, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), has commended Edo State Government for demonstrating commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), tailored towards promoting transparency and accountability in governance. Continue reading CSO commends Obaseki, others for domesticating open governance partnership at Vanguard News Nigeria. Related
0
6

Putin outlaws fake news, disrespect against Russian state

click photo for more information
Putin outlaws fake news, disrespect against Russian state
Mr Putin’s own human rights council last week condemned the parliament’s attempt to create such legislation, saying it would violate Russia’s constitution. The post Putin outlaws fake news, disrespect against Russian state appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria. Related
1
8

‘2baba must have slept with Blackface wife, sister and/or mother.” – Ovie O

click photo for more information
‘2baba must have slept with Blackface wife, sister and/or mother.” – Ovie O
Ovie Ofugara, Head of contents at foremost Nigerian musical website, ”Not just ok”, has reacted to the new diss track dropped by former ”Plantashun boys” member, Blackface ”War”. Blackface in the new single fired heavy shots at his former friend, Tuface Idibia. Reacting to the new song, Ovie wondered why Blackface is yet to move […]
0
8

Blackface – “War” (2face Diss)

click photo for more information
Blackface – “War” (2face Diss)
Former member of the defunct Plantashun Boiz, Blackface comes through with a diss song for his former team mate, 2face now ‘2Baba’. Blackface titles this diss track “War” and says he is ready to declare war on the one who he schooled for years ‘2face (2Baba)’. He also reveals some dirty stuffs about 2face that […]
1
14

BoboDee – “Ko Body” ft. Japin

click photo for more information
BoboDee – “Ko Body” ft. Japin
King Bash Music Worldwide’s ace act- Bobodee has tapped into the Zanku trend to present us with a dance-driven tune which he dubs “Ko Body“. Produced by Lamzy, ‘Ko Body’ is an energy filled vibe that celebrates the art of making money, dancing and having a good time. In less than 3 minutes, Bobodee and […]
0
11

Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari, says he’ll hit the ground running

click photo for more information
Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari, says he’ll hit the ground running
<p class="">The Governor-elect of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, March 18, 2019, met with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.</p> <p class="">According to <strong>Vanguard,</strong> Sanwo-Olu told newsmen that he will begin to work on ways to solve some of the challenges facing Lagos as soon as he is sworn-in.</p> <p class="">The Lagos state […]
0
10

Success Adegor: Headmistress of girl in viral video suspended by Delta govt

click photo for more information
Success Adegor: Headmistress of girl in viral video suspended by Delta govt
<p class="">The Headmistress of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1, Sapele Local Government of the state, <strong>Mrs. Vero Igbigwe</strong> has been suspended by the Delta state government.</p> <p class="">According to <strong>The Nation,</strong> this was made known to newsmen by the Delta State Commissioner for Education, <strong>Barr. Chiedu Ebie.</strong></p> <p class="">Ebie said that the headmistress could not explain […]
1
15

Atiku, PDP file petition against Buhari’s victory

click photo for more information
Atiku, PDP file petition against Buhari’s victory
<p class="">Chris Uche, Lawyer to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has revealed that his client has filed a petition challenging the victory of President Buhari at the polls.</p> <p class="">The <strong>Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) </strong>declared Buhari the winner of the presidential election which held on February 23, 2019.</p> […]
0
14
load more posts