Hunter Gatherers’ Conceptions of Life after This Life

Hunter Gatherers’ Conceptions of Life after This Life


The Hadza Tribe or Hadzabe is a remote African Tribe in Tanzania that is one of the last hunter-gatherers tribes in the world. They have been almost abandoned from modern contact until recently. They have no livestock and do not grow or store their food. The survive by hunting with hand-made bows and arrows and foraging for editable plants.

An article in Exploring Africa explains, “The Hadza do not believe in any divinity but they believe in a presence that manifests itself in the sun. They practice ancestor worship and believe in their presence in the form of ghosts.” (Hadza Social Organisation,” Exploring Africa, n.d.,

Members of the tribe believe the dead rise up to the sun and there meet their ancestors. They have an understanding of the life after this life, indicating that such a belief is a natural trait for human beings, and that rejecting such a belief as the West has since the seventeenth century requires suppressing a natural characteristic of humans.

An online journalist named Mike Corey spent several days with them experiencing their daily lives and asking them questions about their lives. Among the questions was his question about what happens to people after the body dies. In the excerpt from his video that follows, Soloco, the tribe’s leader responded to the question. 


Source: Mike Corey, “Asking Hunter-Gatherers Life’s Toughest Questions,” May 30, 2021.