Ghanaian Tribe Celebrates Death By Being Buried In Very Unusual Coffins

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The Ga tribe in Ghana has a different outlook on death. Rather than mourning an individual’s passing, they celebrate that the person is beginning an exciting journey in the afterlife. To commemorate the occasion, they make sure to send their loved ones off in style. Numerous coffin vendors in the area create custom coffins that reflect each person’s life or livelihood.

Coffins can represent what people did for a living or what they enjoyed. They can take the form of just about anything. Pictures show a wide range of coffins in the shape of animals, foods, shoes, cars and cigarettes.

Apparently such a send-off doesn’t come without a price. Each coffin can cost up to $400, close to the average person’s annual salary.

Red fish, a very common fish in the region of Accra

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Pig coffin ordered for a fisherman who was also a businessman who introduced pigs in Accra

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Agouti (a kind of rodent) for a man who loved to eat its meat

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Eagle for a chief

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Turtle to symbolize slow passage into death

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Accra’s public bus for a driver

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Mercedes Benz for a successful business man

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Airplane, a symbol of a successful businessman

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Cruise Ship

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Fishing Boat

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Onion for a farmer

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Cocoa pod for a farmer

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Corn for a farmer

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Bible for a religious person

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Star® bottle of beer

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Aquarius soda can

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Wrench for a mechanic

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Traditional sword for a traditional ruler

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Old cell phone

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Wingtip

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Lizard

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Computer Mouse

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Camera

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Ghana Airways

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Filtered Cigarette

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Hammer for a carpenter

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Piano for a musician

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Fuel pump for a gas station manager

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Plane joiner for a carpenter

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Beer

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Robot

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Asante tool for a traditional leader

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Trowel for a mason

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Saw

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Hen for a mother

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Lion for a chief

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Bic pen and notebook for a teacher

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