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Coffins in the shape of a spider, a fish and a vegetable being made in Ghana.

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Resource #: 69797 (URL for reference)

Collections: Ariana Maki Collection, Ghana Collection


by Ariana Maki

Ghana is renowned for its funeary traditions, which include specialized coffins in which to bury the dead. The coffins are commissioned from local specialist craftsmen, who create a coffin that reflects the deceased's interests or profession. For example, a farmer might be buried in the vegetable-shaped coffin, and a fisherman in the fish-shaped one.

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Resource type: Image

Photographer: Ariana Maki

Quality Type: Good

Photograph Date: 09/Apr/2013

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