Burial

Ghana Is Home To Whimsical, Colorful Coffins

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Funerals are typically associated with dark, mournful colors and somber atmospheres. In the United States they are, at least. It's a different story in the Greater Accra region in Ghana. This place has become well known for its fantasy coffins. They are both coffins and works of art, as they are carved and painted to represent the deceased. Gaining popularity in the mid-twentieth century, they have been made into anything from lobsters and blow dryers to beer bottles and lions. Death in this part of the world is both something to mourn and celebrate.

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