Death and morality: perspectives on the moral function of death among the basoga of Uganda

Keywords: death, morality, basoga, moral function, culture, spirituality


Numerous studies on death in African societies with no doubt have been successfully conducted though their preoccupation has been with the religious and spirituality perspectives. There has been a great deal of theologizing about the spiritual connection between the life here and life after death. Most studies in the humanities have zeroed on burial rituals and rites as means of transition to the spiritual world. Others have concentrated on how different societies cope with the misfortune of death; through grieving, mourning, choosing an heir or heiress and the succession disputes that are always part and parcel of such a culturally acknowledged process. Death is largely constructed as a challenge and misfortune, and many a scholar in the humanities are concerned with how different societies define, perceive, handle and cope with this catastrophe. Most scholarly works have paid a deaf ear to the social value that comes with the demise of an individual. One such social value is the definition and shaping of moral order in society, in which death occurs. Busoga traditional society of Uganda is used as the case study. Busoga is both a geographical reality and cultural entity, found in the eastern part of Uganda. The authors argue that rather than militating life, death promotes and perpetuates moral values on one hand and discourages vices that destabilize society on the other.


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Author Biographies

Alexander Paul Isiko, Kyambogo University


Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Paulous Serugo, Kyambogo University

Assistant Lecturer

Department of Development Studies


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Isiko, A. P., & Serugo, P. (2021). Death and morality: perspectives on the moral function of death among the basoga of Uganda. EUREKA: Social and Humanities, (5), 113-130.
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