Why should the coffin be boring box, if it is available in the form of a lobster, fruit, poultry or shoe? Residents of the African state of Ghana believe that a funeral is not a sad farewell to the deceased, and celebrating the transition of man dear to them in a better world. Here and there was a tradition to bury the corpse in the coffin of a bright intricate shapes.
This tradition came from random: in the middle of last century, one of Ghana's rulers ordered for a litter (stretcher in a bed on two poles) in the form of an eagle, which came as shipping times on the day of his death. Savvy families have provided cover and litter buried in it the monarch.
A new way to burial like the local population. In a short time, many wealthy people, and then the rest were ordered curly coffins. The design is based on the coffin of some aspects of the life of the deceased person. For example, if you carry a coffin down the street in a car, then most likely the one who is in it, was the driver. A farmer can put in the chicken and make a coffin for a seamstress in a sewing machine.
Just a coffin could symbolize some characteristic feature of a person or a bad habit, and to be in the form of beer bottles or cigarettes. The body of one who dreamed of buying a luxury car or an airplane of his own family put in a wooden copy of his "dream".
Often, the coffin is so unusual form that lay there dead body in the usual way is problematic. But Ghanaians are not worried about it and placed the corpse as necessary. What matters is that his soul pleased the special personality of the last refuge of the body, and the shelter itself was held in the doorway. To this end, some parts of the tomb, for example, aircraft wings, can be easily removed and attached again.
Production of these graves is a lot of time. Ghanaians because of the superstition and religiosity are not bought a coffin in vivo. Therefore, the situation is when the body of the deceased a few weeks in the morgue, it is considered normal. Because of the complexity of the average cost of production figure of 500 coffins - $ 600. For many Ghanaians is the sum of annual earnings. State authorities are already concerned that, despite the benefits to multiple service providers from costly funeral, the country's population is deprived of huge sums of money.
Fashion on the original coffins had already spread beyond the African state. Figured coffins began ordering some residents of England. Ghanaian coffins are buying and European collectors.
And in France, Besancon, there Ethnological Museum, which contains more than 20 copies of coffins from Ghana and the UK.