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Would You Rather Be Buried in a Fish or a Jet?

by Elizabeth Ryan 

Tags: Arts, coffins, custom-built coffins, fishermen, Ghana, Colors,

Jet Coffin

If you’ve never stumbled across the beautiful custom-built coffins made by Ghanaians, you should take a peek at the latest issue of Colors magazine. The story goes that more than sixty years ago a fisherman wanted a fish-shaped coffin as his final resting place, and a tradition was born:

Today, each coffin is built to represent the occupation, status, and identity of its respective dweller. In some cases, the coffins are built to represent the dream those who passed away could never achieve. Someone who has never flown, for example, is sometimes buried in a wooden jumbo jet.

The specialty boxes are so popular that local coffin-makers now get orders from around the world.

Source: Colors

Image by laura padgett, licensed under Creative Commons.