Notably, over the years, the African tradition has dictated that when someone passes on, their remains shall be returned to his/her homeland. Regardless of the distance, this is done so they can “rest in peace” as they will be next to their kinsman. With the expansion of religion in Uganda, burial sites and rites have been divided according to the religion of the deceased person. Christians typically have nothing to say about where the deceased should be buried. The bereaved family must decide on this. However, Muslims usually have gazette places in urban and rural areas where their beloved are buried. Since this idea seems historically significant, we will probe and discuss its benefits.
THE ADVANTAGES OF HOMELAND BURIAL
It may be argued that interring a person in his ancestral home allows multiple family lines to pay their respects. In most cases, the deceased’s friends and acquaintances also follow suit. The government has set up designated cemeteries for persons who were not born in the area or have no close relatives to bury them among their family. The bereaved family is forced into debt by the high cost of rural burial grounds. Due to the exorbitant expense of transportation, welfare, food, and other essentials, families are forced to spend every last penny they have to give their loved ones a dignified funeral.
THE ACCELERATING POPULATION VERSE THE ACCESSIBLE LAND
The population is growing while the size of the land is fixed. This only suggests that if we don’t make good plans, the future we are heading toward will be marked by crises and land fragmentation. Yet one thing is for certain; not everyone can live in cities. From an early age, we are all well aware of where we are heading – 6 feet under – but little did we know that the 21st century would mix things up a bit. Currently, there are new methods for burying deceased family members. This may include cremation, mummification, cryonics, aquamation and resomation.
For some groups of people, they burn their deceased. This simply assists in lowering the cost of the burial expenses. I am positive that, with an increase in knowledge and with the passage of time, family members will revisit their decision relating to how they bury their deceased family member.