Nelson Mandela will be buried in his home village of Qunu on Sunday. As a chief from the Xhosa ethnic group, there will be lots of special rituals to observe, reports Xhosa cultural expert Somadoda Fikeni.
In Xhosa tradition, when somebody dies away from home, like Madiba, rituals of a symbolic return of the soul to the ancestral home are performed.
It is believed that one’s soul needs to be at home and also be reunited at burial with the mortal remains for spiritual harmony to be attained.
Non-fulfilment of this procedure may lead to the spirit wandering restlessly and even causing misfortune to the family members as it expresses displeasure.
If this symbolic return is performed, it is thought that it will please the creator and the ancestors who mediate between the creator and the living, and therefore bring good fortune and much-needed protection to the family.
If any step in the process is missed, then a ceremony to correct that and appease the ancestors and the creator is performed.
Few events can have provided quite so much political stardust as the Nelson Mandela memorial service, where 52 presidents and 16 prime ministers gathered inside Soccer City to pay their respects.
Although the stadium had empty seats, a live broadcast was beamed into three other venues, and there were more than 100 public viewing areas across the country. Between now and Mandela’s burial on Sunday, thousands will line the streets to see his coffin pass through Pretoria.
The UK’s largest and most historic collection of surgical pathology artefacts is to be given a new lease of life following a £2.7m grant.
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been awarded the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to extend and redevelop its Surgeons’ Hall Museum.
Its exhibits include a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer William Burke.
Open to the public since 1832, it is Scotland’s oldest medical museum.
The museum charts the transition of medicine from witchcraft through to science.
It includes in its archive a letter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle crediting Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Fellow, Dr Joseph Bell, as the main inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes.
The Lister project - named after Joseph Lister, who improved the safety of surgery by promoting the use of antiseptic - will transform Surgeons’ Hall Museum into a modern museum.
It will be the first time the building has been radically altered since 1908, and the funding will allow redevelopment work to create new displays and galleries, doubling the number of items which can be put on display and showcasing innovative audiovisual and interactive elements.
Sapper William Arthur Lloyd was killed by a German mine while tunnelling below the Somme battlefield in 1915. Now his great granddaughter has retraced his steps to stand just feet from where he died - and where his body still lies.
The Somme, in northern France, was not only one of the bloodiest battles of World War One, but one of the bloodiest in history.
More than 1.2 million men are believed to have died during the main battle but below ground a group of soldiers, including Sapper Lloyd, fought their own private, hidden war.
Sapper Lloyd’s family, back home near Wrexham, knew little about what happened to him, other than he was killed by a German mine.
His great granddaughter Lesley Woodbridge, of Telford, Shropshire, spent seven years investigating his death.
On Sunday, with the help of a team of archaeologists studying the La Boisselle tunnels below the Somme, she descended 80ft (24m) and crawled along tunnels that in all likelihood her great grandfather had helped dig.
"We’ve just made the very last journey that he ever made and now we’re standing where he actually rests. That has to be emotional," she said.
"I never even thought I would even find out what part of France he was in, so to be standing here, just a few metres away from him, is just incredible."
They died of falls, of drownings, of malaria or cholera. They were of all ages, at least one of them a toddler. They were, like most all of Ottawa’s earliest people, Christians. And they had one other thing in common: They were forgotten. They died in Ottawa’s earliest days and were buried under what became a modern city’s downtown core.
#BBCtrending: Is Paul Walker’s death being exploited online?
Millions of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to US actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in Los Angeles on Saturday. But some have also used the story of the celebrity’s death to advertise goods and services.
#BBCtrending’s Anne-Marie Tomchak investigates how Facebook-user Master Wendell and others on social media may be leveraging Mr Walker’s death for cash.
She saved her late grandmother’s voicemails with the utmost care, but rarely did Janie Crockford listen. “I didn’t want to break down,” Crockford, 31, of Dorchester, said, starting to cry at the memory. “She brought me back to what was important.” But this spring, about a year after losing her grandmother, Crockford, suffered a second punch. When she upgraded her phone, three years’ worth of cherished messages vanished. “It forced me to deal with the fact that eventually I’ll forget what she sounded like, what her speech pattern was like,” said Crockford. “it’s the little things that you take for granted.” If grief has a modern form, mourning the lost voice is surely it. The very technology that allows bereaved friends and relatives to feel, if only temporarily, closer to the departed can just as easily sweep away that connection. The cloud giveth, and the cloud taketh away.
As American states have found it harder to source drugs for lethal injections, they stand accused of using improvised and possibly painful methods - and buying drugs furtively from unregulated pharmacies.
Joseph Franklin was sentenced to death for shooting and killing a man outside a synagogue in 1977.
He was convicted or blamed for a series of other racially motivated murders, and confessed to being the sniper who shot porn publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, leaving him partially paralysed.
He is due to be executed by lethal injection in Missouri on 20 November, if no last-minute legal appeal is accepted.
What do you do with a dead Nazi? This question is at the very heart of my work on funerary practices in postwar Germany. Clearly, I have macabre research interests, and the notion of writing the history of deceased perpetrators can raise a few eyebrows (who cares what happens to dead bad guys?).