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"Usizime Moto Kwa Matanga" See What Luhyas Believe it Will Happen if Fire is not Lit During Funeral

Many communities in Kenya have their unique cultures and values which they keenly follow. These practices are passed from one generation to the other through teaching offered to children by elders during the events such as wedding and burial.

Among the luhya community in Western Kenya, fire-lighting during a night funeral vigil commonly known as "Matanga" is a mandatory thing. Most families who live in the Western Kenya are familiar with this practice such that whenever a person dies people starts preparing for the night celebrations where dances are organised.

According to a story covered by Tuko news, Luhya elder identified as George Shipendi said, "There were practices that were passed to us by our forefathers to avert calamities... If not taken seriously then the family in question would experience subsequent deaths."

The introduction of Christianity and other religions have greatly influenced how the death is accorded the African send off.

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