Ga fantasy coffins

Ga fantasy coffins

Abebuu adekai – The proverbial coffins in Ghana... produced by Ga people.

Abebuu adekai - Les incroyables cercueils du Ghana ... produits par le peuple Ga.

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  • Turning Coffin-Making into an Art ...


    These Ghanaian Craftsmen have Turned Coffin-Making into an Art (1998) - Marion Mayor-Hohdahl – Ref. 0469
    "Ghanaian workshops have made an art form out of dying. Coffins can take the shape of animals, luxury vehicles, or palaces - and that's just the beginning....
    ...For the drinker, a beer bottle; for the nurse a syringe - these coffins are the stuff of art galleries. But for others, fantasy can have as much to do with the choice of final resting place as one's profession. In life Mrs. Bartels was a baker, but it’s not a loaf that’s being lowered into the earth, it’s a Mercedes Benz. This coffin was a gift from a husband who decided that his wife was going to go out in luxury. The funeral matches the exuberance of the coffin. Friends purge their grief with laments, but later the event turns into a celebration of life, with plenty of food and dancing. The local priest is trying to discourage these elaborate practices, arguing that people should be saving for their children’s education rather than wasting money on funerals. Few agree with him, however: going out in style is just too important!"

  • Ga fantasy coffins - The first family

    Meet the First Family of Custom Coffins

    "Creative expression is part of what makes us human — why should that end after we've passed on? In Ghana, Anang Kwei and his children help the families of the deceased celebrate the lives of their loved ones with custom-made, handcrafted coffins. And when we say custom-made, we mean *custom.* From colorful fish to cars or tools, whatever a family wants to represent an aspect of the life that was, the Kweis will deliver a fantasy coffin made with care and exquisite craftsmanship."

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