Talking about the afterlife

As I continued working through our culture study I came to “birth and dying”. I needed to dig into questions like “What happens when a person dies?”, “Is there a road to getting to heaven?”, “Are the dead conscious?” and “Does anyone ever return from the place of the dead?”.

Accusations of sorcery

In December an older Kovol man died. This man being a clan leader meant that it was a fairly big deal and people from all 7 Kovol villages came to mourn. There was tension at the time and fights almost started. In January a rumour was going around that the village the man came from was making accusations of sorcery. At a meeting in January, these were declared to just be rumours and everyone was “one stomach”.

Village Court

Lots of areas of Kovol culture can be investigated by asking questions. I ask questions with my voice recorder on and learn all kinds of cultural tidbits and vocabulary. The best way to learn though is to see cultural events happening as a fly on the wall, and I got a great opportunity to dive into the justice system this week when a village court was called.

Garden visit video

Gerdine hiked down to a Kovol garden 3 hours away and spent the night there as part of her language study. She filmed a little bit of her journey and talked about it – in Dutch, but don’t worry there are English subtitles 🙂