Friday, May 20, 2011

Fantasy Coffins from Ghana

Funerals are a time of mourning, but also of celebration, for the Ga tribe in the coastal region of Ghana. The Ga people believe that when their loved ones die they move on into another life, that is why they try to do it with style. They honour the dead with brightly coloured coffins with various shapes, according to the way they lived. 

The coffins are designed in such a shape in order to represent an aspect of the deceased's life, for example a car for a driver, a fish for a fisherman, a plane for a pilot... They could also symbolize a vice, i.e. a bottle of bear,wine or cigarette. In Accra, the capital of Ghana, anyone can find many coffin vendors, making it a huge and expensive industry. A coffin, made in any shape imagined, can cost $400, which is a year's salary for the people in Ghana. However this relatively new tradition of Fantasy coffins have become now a tourist attraction for not only Accra but also for the whole country.