Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Fantasy Coffins of Ghana

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By Akinyi Ochieng
A fish-shaped coffin.
GHANA---In the last 50 years, these fantasy coffins have become one of Ghana’s most unique cultural exports. The curious tradition of burying people in coffins shaped like everything from lobsters to busty women is primarily practiced in Accra and has spawned over 10 workshops in the capital city. Almost all of these are owned by former apprentices of Kane Kwei, who died in 1992. [link]