I've generally believed that regular attendance at funerals was an expression of black African culture that was just different to my culture. I have been starting to wonder if this is 'harmless'. Partly I'm beginning to wonder whether the culture of funerals has hi-jacked the Christian faith, rather than being simply an inclusive thing.
Now I am wondering about the effect of the content of funerals on people. I would guess that many people do funerals at least two Saturdays out of four. At most of these funerals they will hear Psalm 90 read. (Whereas western people like Psalm 23). How does it affect people to hear 'You turn men back to dust, saying "Return to dust, O sons of men." (vs 3) and "We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation." (vs 7) and "All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan." (vs 9) nearly every week? This is by no means a balanced picture of God, life or death.
I am starting to believe that black African people oppress themselves by their funeral customs.