Final Burial Rites and Ceremonies in Benin Kingdom, Nigeria: Socio-Religious Issues and Implications
Kingdom is a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state. The title of this paper is “final burial rites and ceremonies in Benin Kingdom, Nigeria: Issues and implications”. This paper examines burial as a crisis that requires urgent solution. It is aimed to educate the society of the need to follow the traditional way of burial rites ceremony. Traditionally, lay down principles from fore-fathers exist in relation to final burial in Benin Kingdom. This paper is to portray the extent to which traditional burial as of old can help ameliorate the issue of present problem. The way and manners the final burial rites and ceremonies in Benin kingdom is performed is becoming alarming due to high cost of burring the dead family members and the rituals of killing both animals and humans. Focus is made on a sketchy history of Benin kingdom, the royal burial rites and ceremony, other types of burial ceremonies in Benin kingdom, forbidden burial rites and ceremonies in Benin kingdom, funeral rites in Benin kingdom and the issues in Benin traditional burial rite and ceremony. Due to essential nature of this research work, this research made used of historical and analytical methods as well as personal communication (interview), books, journals and internet sources. The researchers recommend amongst others that a review of rituals or rites of the final burial be made and communicated to the ancestors as so many could no longer afford the cost of the items in our contemporary era.
Keywords: Burial, Rites, Ceremony, Benin Kingdom, Socio-religious, Issues, Implications