- An Ashanti woman has been seen dropping a live snake inside her late husband's casket during his funeral
- It was explained at the funeral that the reason for this was that he was killed by the snake and had to be buried with it
- However, people familiar with the Akan ritual are explaining that it is meant to deal with anyone responsible for the man's death
An Ashanti woman who was angry about the demise of her husband has been spotted dropping a snake inside his casket so that he can deal with everyone who is responsible for his death.
In the media file that is being shared on social media, the woman was seen surrounded by some of her family members and sympathisers who had come to also pay their last respects to the dead.
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The background sound said the snake bit the tongue of the deceased to his untimely death, which is why the woman thought it apt to bury him with what killed him.
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However, many who are familiar with the ritual explained that this is to deal with anyone who is connected with the death of the deceased.
For instance, funghana_ said:
It is believed that the man didn't die a natural death , so the spirit of the snake would bite every one involved in his death Immediately the snake dies
After making some incantations, the woman took the snake that was hanged around her neck and lowered it into the casket whilst making gestures that suggest "deal with them mercilessly".
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The 28-year-old man, who was set to tie the knot on Saturday, November 7, died on Saturday, October 31.
One of his friends, Engineer Prince Chukwu, said Stephen's death came as a surprise as the deceased was not sick.