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Things I learned today

There are artists in Africa who make representational coffins. (Or you can have them make you a small-sized one that you can use as a chest or cabinet.) You can even buy them from a fair trade web site.

http://www.eshopafrica.com/acatalog/Ga_Coffins.html

http://www.eshopafrica.com/gallery/coffins/coffingallery.html
The Ga who are the original inhabitants of the area around Accra believe that you should be buried in a coffin that reflects how you earned your living.


Underneath the computer mouse chest, they assure us that they can make "any brand, any model or any other piece of IT equipment."

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kightp
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
*squeeee!!!*

I'm not sure why, but I'm entranced. A smallish model would work quite nicely for ashes ...
starcat_jewel
Dec. 2nd, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Yes, it certainly would. And I'm sure they could reproduce the standard "Bast cat"... there's something entirely too fitting about having my remains in an Egyptian symbol created by a Ghanian artist.
ex_serenejo
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Just "wow".
cjsmith
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow. Some of those are stunning.
ckd
Dec. 2nd, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam has one like these (the airplane coffin), and I've also seen a cacao pod coffin (which was included in the "Chocolate" exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC).

They're as amazing as you'd expect when seen up close.
keryx
Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
I'd never seen those before - they're amazing!
pir_anha
Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
wow, awesome. cool link!
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