Sunday, September 19, 2010

This is a picture of a coffin

In Ghana people are often more important in death than in life. When you die you become an ancestor and are still a part of the family, often being consulted. That means that to make you, the deceased happy, the family will have elaborate funerals.
In our neighborhood of Teshie/Nungua there are several workshops that make coffins in the shape of fish. cars, coke bottles..almost anything that might reflect the life of the occupant.
Because we are on the coast. fish and boats are popular, but a favorite of everyone is a white Mercedes.
The fish pictured here is from the workshop of Eric Adjetey Anang. You can see his website at
Right now it is only in French, but it's still worth looking at for the wonderful pictures.

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