This ancient tradition in Ghana over the dead has caught the attention of an international media, UK Daily Mail, who described it as a beautiful and respectful way to celebrate a beloved one’s demise.
In the southern region of Ghana, coffins are designed in hilarious shapes of fruits, animals or crafts to depict the profession of the dead individual during their lifetime.
The coffins are crafted in form of cameras, pineapples, fishes, lion and even a beetle, as a symbol of their clan totems. Others coffins are designed like aeroplanes, beer bottle, coca cola bottle, cell phone, war canons and a sack of wheat flour, etc.
In ancient Ghana, the honorary tradition was reserved only for chiefs and priests – native priests most probably. But it has also developed among Christians in the Greater Accra Region since the 1960s.
The carpenters are most efficient judging by the many intrinsic shapes of these coffins. Photojournalist Christina Czybik, from Hamburg, Germany, reportedly captured the images while travelling through Ghana and Togo with King Bansah, Queen Gabi and the royal delegation earlier this month,
As unusual as it sounds since not many people like to think about dying or death, still, some individuals has come to terms with the inevitable and are choosing what or how they want to be buried when they die.
The photojournalist expressed her feelings towards what she described as ‘intriguing’ piece of art. Christina Czybik said some of the coffins have already been displayed in the modern art museums and art galleries all around the world.
“Every coffin is a real piece of art.
“For some people, it might feel morbid. In our lines of latitude where people are very religious, this topic (coffin, the dead) is most often heavily burdened by grief, darkness and mourning.
“I find it very refreshing that we do have other cultures and traditions in the world that look at this sad topic from a different angle, that still finds a beautiful way to celebrate the life of the beloved ones that have gone too soon in a respectful and individual way.
“As a photographer, my favourite coffin is, of course, the Canon camera.”