Among the Oroko (Balue), the death of a spouse when the couple is still young is an abomination. It is an ill omen for the living spouse which may haunt his/her entire life with respect to subsequent decisions to get married. When a man or woman dies, leaving a spouse who can still get married in the future, the bokpisi ritual is conducted to help the living spouse find another partner whenever it is necessary for him or her.
Since the invention of the Internet in the mid-20th century, and the accompanying developments that this age has seen from that time, there has been a constant tendency for social commentators to acclaim this period as the globalised age or the era without boundaries. Marshal McLuhan claimed in the 1960s that the world was turning into a global village; a place where everyone was everyone’s neighbour in almost the right sense of the word (Gibson & Murray, 2012; Logan, 2011). Given recent tremendous shifts in technological development, the swiftness with which time evolves, the seeming evaporation of geographical spaces and the fusion of cultural and social practices almost on a universal scale, one can hardly argue against the claim that the world is truly a globalised village. At the height of this “merging” rhetoric is the new concept of a network society offering, even the most poignant prospects of a world united, in a way, through a mesh of social webs.