The Incredible Fantasy Coffins Of Ghana

On May 14, 2014 by Lazer Horse

Ghana Coffins - Kane Kwei - Poisson Rouge

Ghana was the first state to free itself from the grips of European colonization making it a symbol of liberation for the Black Power movement. Ghana has had a tumultuous past by all accounts and its present sees the same tumult.

The country has a population of over 24 million people and boasts varied geography that includes savannas, woodlands, forests, a coastal line, springs, cave systems, mountains, estuaries, wildlife parks, and nature reserves. So plenty to do on a Sunday afternoon.

Ghana Coffins - Kane Kwei - spanner

On top of the impressive range of habitats Ghana busts out some of the most amazing coffins the world has ever seen. The practice of building these “fantasy coffins” is thought to have originated in a small fishing village called Teshi on the outskirts of Accra, the capital. Fishermen would be buried in coffins inspired by the shapes of their fishing vessels and canoes.

Ghana Coffins - Kane Kwei - snail

The coffins are seen as a status symbol and are designed to remind the mourners of the deceased’s occupation and lifestyle. Kane Kwei has been making these fantasy bad boys for more than 50 years and has covered all manner of shapes and sizes in his long career:

Ghana Coffins - Kane Kwei business

Ghana is 85% Christian, and some Pastors at churches are wholeheartedly against these grandiose coffins. They see them as un-Christian. To get round this the locals tend to take their deceased to the church in a standard coffin for the requiem and then pop the corpse back into the fantasy one for burial. However you feel about them (and personally when I go I just want to be put in a cardboard box and thrown off a cliff) they are pretty cool looking…

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