Fantasy Coffins from Ghana.

Why be buried in a boring coffin, when you can get handmade coffins that look like a Mercedes Benz, lobster, onion, shoe, beer bottle, even a cigarette?

From the website:

For the Ga tribe in coastal Ghana, funerals are a time of mourning, but also of celebration. The Ga people believe that when their loved ones die, they move on into another life -- and the Ga make sure they do so in style. They honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived.

The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person's life -- such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea -- or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice -- such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette.

Link | WaPo article: Death in Ghana | A Coffin for All Events (via Death, the Last Taboo - Thanks Tim Mosley!)


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Although I belive this is most likely just a cabinet,

The "shelves" may not be shelves. I work with modern caskets, and they have support stuts in them beneath the lining.
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