African Burial Customs

African Burial Customs

africaWhen African slaves came to America, they brought their culture with them, including their own languages, foods, styles of dress, and burial customs. This page shows a few of the West African burial and funeral traditions practiced during the time of the American slave trade (1550-1850). These customs and their meanings varied depending on the region of Africa and the time period.


   Other customs: Tie up the mouth to contain the souls and tiekeep it from wandering

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