Jacob Simet; 24/5/09;
Melly ToPaivu, a prominent Tolai man, stages his own cultural death ritual while he is still alive;
Death means different things to different people in different places. For the agnostics, death is simply the end of a person’s life and no part of him or her exists thereafter, except perhaps the memories of them held by the living. For those who believe in theologies which include spiritual dimensions, death is the end of one phase of a person’s life but marks the transition into an afterlife, mostly in spiritual form, such as the soul. There are others still who believe that death is merely the means through which a person changes into anther form, such as an animal which continues to exist in the same place. Whatever the cosmological structure, almost everywhere; death is a phenomenon which captures everyone imagination, as it has done for millennia.