Have you heard of mourners? They are women paid to cry at funerals of strangers 🤭 . The paid function has existed for more than 2,000 years and, legend has it, that this is a way to facilitate entry into heaven. In Angola country , the practice was brought by the Portuguese settlers, but the profession did not mesh, since many were free to cry in the wake of people they did not know.
Ghana, on the coast of Africa, on the other hand, was also colonized by Portuguese who carried the custom to the country – later England eventually conquered the colonies, so much so that English is the official language there. The mourners form associations of crying, which charge for the amount of women and the importance of the deceased.
Crying at funerals is usually associated with the lament of loss and longing that the person will leave, but sometimes mourning and shock prevent family members from showing at the time of the funeral all their appreciation to the deceased through tears – and there that the professionals of crying come into action!
The reason for hiring mourners is the fact that the funeral in Ghana is often seen as a great event, such as a wedding or a christening. People invest in coffins and even in ritualistic dances that make everything look like a big party… sad, of course, but still a party.
You may think it’s a joke but the following video is serious and shows a commercial that represents the services of a “mourners´s company” 🤣 :
Therefore, funeral participants often help bereaved family members with some financial contribution to a dignified preparation for the deceased. Thus, the more the mourners cry out and cry, the more they pity those present and urge them to contribute more money.