These Ghanaian Craftsmen have Turned Coffin-Making into an Art (1998)



Venice to reflect the soul and not just to box the body here in Ghana those sent on their last journey have gone in the most lavish and original ways Wasswa okay mihika Eiffel me Katya well the gaff booing – boo boo needy boo I don't know your money only mood for cutting okay up until his death in 1992 been Sava designed hundreds of coffins normal wooden coffins were far too boring for him they didn't stretch his skills and besides there was a market for more lavish designs for those who want them a coffin like this would cost around five hundred US dollars almost doubled the normal price of a straightforward box the workshop produces around a hundred special coffins a year for nearly a month twelve staff members have been cutting carving and nailing the model finally it's painted and inlaid with fabric in the village of tachi there are three workshops which offer specially made coffins the owner learnt everything from Kanak way Pacho is almost as famous now as his former teacher he's built three coffins to the former US President Jimmy Carter not for burial but for an exhibition yeah they cannot properly Shinobu it done in me if you are the garlic well I can make a grandpa Seraphim when they come on Nabokov gravity Pardo has many models from the conventional to the fantastical for the nurse perhaps a syringe for the drinker a bottle of beer but not everyone chooses a coffin that reflects their profession in in Salaam 45 year-old Mary Bartles has died suddenly she was a baker and well-loved her husband has ordered a mercedes coffin for her to honor the dead he wants to give her a dignified transition into the next life the entire village takes part in the funeral proceedings the deceased is driven for the last time to her home before she's laid out in a local woman Marathi a Brahmin and it respect in Ayodhya nama tcellucci German may be indifferent Unimog ro f a say evvamean banovic ruruta me Kazu a friend with them not see me I can see a effect must only be did not rely on a map Allatoona what at dawn relatives and friends of meri bottles will come to the room to say their goodbyes no one wants to miss the funeral everyone donates some money towards it a gift that may also ensure a dignified funeral when their time comes hundreds of people are pristy ever outside the house they dance the whole night through until they can see the deceased funerals shaped life in Ghana businesses closed and schools are deserted they often last for several days people sleep wherever they can find a space the laments dedicated to the deceased continued without respite it shortly before dawn everyone pushes forwards they want to be the first the living are trying hard to put the dead in a peaceful mood in order to secure the well-being of the deceased and themselves the last meeting with his wife is difficult for David bottles he doesn't want to believe that she's really dead the village chapel has replaced the DJ from the previous night relatives friends and neighbors are here to thank Mary for her friendship and generosity after the crush of the first hours women continue to file pass very many times it is the way they showed their respect for the dead and how inconsolable they are that she is no longer amongst them David Bartol shows those present how he is suffering from the death of his wife this is traditional in Ghana here pain is shown openly mainly through laments hours later the public see the mercedes coffin for the first time only the closest relatives were present Azmaria was relieved of her jewels and laid down in the Mercedes the funeral procession winds its way through the streets of the village the coffin halts at the places which have a connection with the life of the deceased young men with red headbands announced the death they drum the message to the village to gather for the funeral the first missionaries to come to Ghana were Catholics who came with the Portuguese they were followed in the 19th century by English Protestants but the traditional religious beliefs of the population are still alive an ancestor worship continues all influences come together at the burial a stepdaughter wants to thank Mary bottles for her kindness she hopes she will rise again the dead are honored here because it's believed they can punish or aid the lives of those remaining behind after the Christian service the coffin is carried in a hearse to the cemetery the priest accepts that funeral ceremonies last several days but he doesn't necessarily approve still no cost is spared for the burial it's a display of the affluence of the deceased families often take out debts to make sure they put on good ceremonies and show proper respect to their dearly departed the husband and family elders leave the younger members of the family to deal with the final stage after the service when they are all together everyone will make a donation the barrier and all the funeral trimmings has cost around 8 million Sadie's approximately 3,000 US dollars a high price but who doesn't want to travel into eternity in a Mercedes

10 Comments

  • DirtyPrancing

    April 13, 2019

    Wow. All of that for $3000. We cremated my sister and had a viewing. $10,000

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  • Gryazev-Shipunov

    April 13, 2019

    Everyone wants a Mercedes, Lexus is $hit

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  • ivan date

    April 13, 2019

    i think Mercedes Benz will not like this trend

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  • Rukia Niles

    April 13, 2019

    Interesting video ?

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  • Dan Silverman

    April 13, 2019

    why are some people wearing white and some people not wearing white, shouldn't they all be wearing white

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  • John Pierrepoint-Green

    April 13, 2019

    They love their acting bless

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  • SirReptitious

    April 13, 2019

    Note sure if it is comforting or depressing that third world countries waste money just like first world ones do. Wait, I am sure; it's depressing. SO much money wasted on someone that can no longer enjoy it. Both my parents had no funerals and were cremated. The same will be done for me.

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  • Frankie Salif

    April 13, 2019

    mehn I miss the 90s.

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  • Michael Gabriel

    April 13, 2019

    Very artistic coffins…. DAYUM!

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  • D B

    April 13, 2019

    Wow. just wow, Incredible works.

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