June 28, 2006

More on fantasy coffins

It's been a while since we visited fantasy coffins. In Ghana, rich funeral traditions continue.

Ghanaians say stylish goodbye with fantasy coffins.

  Fantasy Coffin Reuters Photo

Funerals are important social occasions in this West African country and elaborate, brightly colored coffins have become an art form.

Most customers give Mensah more time than Rockson but all want to give their loved ones a fitting send-off in a coffin that honors who they were and what they did.

Fantasy coffins shaped like Coca-Cola bottles, chickens, cars, cameras, birds and bibles are all on sale in Teshie.

First popularized in the 1950s, the coffins cost between $300 and $800 in a country where many live on barely $2 a day.
Most weekends, funeral parties are held across the former British colony. In some towns, large billboards advertise the time and place of the "homecoming" or "farewell," usually accompanied by a picture of the deceased.

Other people take out full-page national newspaper adverts, inviting all to the funeral, but the most vivid expressions of this commitment to saying goodbye are the fantasy coffins.

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