Funeral rites may vary from one country to another. But in contemporary Ghana, the oddest coffin designs are made as if they are giant art pieces.
Kane Kwei is the popular man behind the odd coffin designs that include animals, cars and even cellphones. For tourists, these coffins may look absurd, but for the people of Ghana, it greatly represents the deceased person's life as the funeral is held. Fish-shaped or slaughtered bull coffins are seen being made inside the workshop of Kane Kwei. Name whatever is the design, the customer gets it from Mr Kwei.
In America and other parts of the world, death is highly respected and even remains a feared mystery. It is often deemed as a very sad event in anyone's life since death is something that can unpredictably strike anyone at anytime. It can slowly get into your life or it can snatch it away all of a sudden.
With Ghana, death can be seen at a lighter note. They accept it as a natural process of life and that it can be an enlightening event too. The point is how people would perceive it and in coming up with odd coffin designs, it can even be a bit interesting and fun.
Mr Kwei's odd coffin designs can surely make the dreams of those who want to make the most of life even at the time of their death come true. Instead of dwelling on the sad part of having to say goodbye to life here on earth, these coffins can make this natural event in life to be lighthearted and even a little less painful.
In short, with these coffins in Ghana, you can say goodbye still in style. Even in other parts of the world, these weird coffins are already becoming a trend with Crazy Coffins in UK as a good example.
If given the chance to get some of these coffins, will you ask for a customised coffin that will match your personality or will you stay for what's traditional?
Check out the slideshow for photos from Kane Kwei's workshop in Ghana!