The Jerusalem Church of Christ in Kawangware led by Prophetess Mary Akatsa considers dancing with the dead as a right of passage designed to celebrate the graduation of its followers into another life.
''They have graduated from the earthly life into the heavenly life. They have been given degrees and the dance is a celebration of that transition. The relatives and those close to the departed have the opportunity to dance with the body,'' Mary Akatsa says in a YouTube video posted by a mainstream media outlet.
One of church members said:
''When you graduate from university, people dance in celebration. Why should a dance aimed at celebrating the graduation of someone from the earth come as a surprise.''