A chiSena funeral song from southern Malawi on the theme of equality in death, for rich and poor, black and white.

This path, yes, this path, yes,
think carefully of this path, o-ye
Think carefully of this path, o-ye
It has meant the end to me, o-ye
Think carefully of this path.

Whether you wear a suit or a necktie, o-ye
think carefully of this path.
Whether you are a European,
Whether you are rich or you wear a head-dress, (1)
This path, yes, this path, yes,
think carefully of this path.

Symbolic & Social Aspects of Spirit Worship
Among the Mang’Anja
(1968);
M. Schoffeleers


Footnotes

  1. head-dress: The mark of a wealthy woman.