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The Coffins Of Africa

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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
The Coffins Of Africa
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From a giant onion to a crayfish and a butterfly & so much more these photos portray the craft and culture of a unique fishing community's perfection of the coffin into an art form.

People are actually buried in these fantastic coffins, presented in an intriguing collection of excellent, varied images; from makers at work to burial.
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Why???
A mobile phone??
A FISH??
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KELLY 'N' STEVE;2746111
Why???
A mobile phone??
A FISH??

I don't know why they do it .. maybe they have a lot of spare wood in Africa !! They carve everything else.. so why not coffins too !
I think they also celebrate death ... I will read up on it & try & find out the origins :thumbsup:
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KELLY 'N' STEVE;2746111
Why???
A mobile phone??
A FISH??

In Ghana, like most of the rest of Africa, there are no formalized funeral services, but burials are important. Considered the single most important community activity, a funeral can cost as much as 346,000 cedis, a figure equivalent to three or four years' income for a peasant and more than two years' income for a towndweller. On burial days, families pile into trucks bearing slogans like "The poor mon. has no friend, " and head to the local morgue for the ritual
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Since 1976, artisans have been creating customized coffins which glorify the dead by displaying the sources of their success: a giant tuna for the fisherman, a Mercedes Benz for the wealthy motorist a sports boot for the boxer, an oil con for the garage owner. Going into Darkness is a marvelous, full-color photographic journal focused on the people who make these coffins and the customs they die by.
In 1987, on the second Saturday in August, the fishing community of Botianaw in Ghana buried the oldest member of the village, Tse Obaneh, in a gigantic wooden onion. The onion, complete with roots, measured three metres (ten feet) overall and was painted the colours of a real onion. On top was the figure of a man planting his spade in a bed of six little onions. The village of Botianaw, which lies beside the Gulf of Guinea, is surrounded by onion fields, and these fields had been the property of Tse Obaneh. At eighty-three the richest man in the village had earned the title of ancestor, abandoning his earthly existence, but not his earthly relations.
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It was now incumbent on the living to glorify his success. The dead are constantly present in the life of the Ga and no one eats or drinks without first making offerings to their ancestors. Respect for the ancient customs is a matter of life and death; a person's whole well-being depends on them, and these customs are a permanent link with the people who first established them. The Ga believe in reincarnation within the family, regarding sterility, which disrupts this process, as the ultimate misfortune. Nor can a person's spirit rejoin its celestial family or become an ancestor capable of reincarnation unless it has under-gone the appropriate burial rites. For a Ga it is better to incur lifelong debts than to cut back on funeral expenses.
It took five days to make Tse Obaneh's onion and twenty-four hours to bury him in this masterpiece of funerary art.
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i love the idea of the eagle
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blackpeppa;2746257
i love the idea of the eagle

I like the 'Coke bottle' although would have to be careful of the 'Pepsi' one
.............. remember the ad ..
''Come alive with PEPSI !! '' :w00t:
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& as my Dad always used to say .. About what matters ..........
''It's not how often your coughin' it's the coffin they carry you 'off in'' .
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