Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Go 6 Feet Awesomer With These Bizarre Coffins.

Stateside, funerals are general a somber affair, to which we are required to wear black, stay silent, and appropriately mourn our dead.

In Ghana, funerals are an incredibly important, affirming event within local communities. One American journalist wanted to document Ghanaian funeral traditions, so he traveled to the country to see just how different the culture surrounding death and internment really is.

The most important facet of the Ghanaian funeral? The casket. And these aren't your average wooden boxes, either.

Ghanaians construct colorful, lighthearted caskets for their dead.

Ghanaians construct colorful, lighthearted caskets for their dead.

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Using whimsical shapes and interesting colors is their way of celebrating their loved ones' lives.

Using whimsical shapes and interesting colors is their way of celebrating their loved ones' lives.

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In Eric Anang's carpentry shop, he's made everything from a tilapia casket for a fisherman, to this cocoa pod for a farmer.

In Eric Anang's carpentry shop, he's made everything from a tilapia casket for a fisherman, to this cocoa pod for a farmer.

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Coffins can reflect any number of things about a person's life: Their job, their hobbies, or simply something they enjoyed.

Coffins can reflect any number of things about a person's life: Their job, their hobbies, or simply something they enjoyed.

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But eventually, these incredible pieces of art have the same fate as caskets in the United States: They're buried underground.

But eventually, these incredible pieces of art have the same fate as caskets in the United States: They're buried underground.

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According to craftsman Anang, it's tough watch them go.

According to craftsman Anang, it's tough watch them go.

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Still though, there is comfort in knowing that these people will be celebrating eternity in style.

Still though, there is comfort in knowing that these people will be celebrating eternity in style.

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Imagine spending eternity in a box of strawberries.

Imagine spending eternity in a box of strawberries.

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Or inside a tropical pineapple.

Or inside a tropical pineapple.

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There's truly no limit to the kind of thing Anang can create for someone to be buried in.

There's truly no limit to the kind of thing Anang can create for someone to be buried in.

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What do you think: Would you like to be laid to rest inside something as peculiarly joyful as this?

What do you think: Would you like to be laid to rest inside something as peculiarly joyful as this?

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