dinsdag 28 augustus 2012

Do something you didn't do when you were alive.

You have never flown in your live but still want to do it then lets do it in a coffin like an airplane. Some tribes in Africa like the Teshi in Ghana have a habit to bury themselves in their greatest wish like a Mercedes Benz, a cigaret, a fish or whatever you desire. A habit in early days just for chiefs is now a complete industry.

Here another example of the many possibilities as seen in an exhibition a few weeks ago in the Amsterdam Tropical Institute.


Here a movie from National Geographic about the makers of these coffins.

I dedicate this post to taphophile tragics although there is no tragic here I guess.

12 opmerkingen:

  1. That is extraordinary! I have never heard nor seen anything like this! Extraordinary that this is a practice in Africa! Fascinating post!

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  2. A little spooky, very interesting. I must say I have my fair share of bizare encounters travelling arounf Asia !

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  3. Fantasy coffins! What a hoot! They do not seem, to me at any rate, to be very culturally genuine. Well, not the mercedes and the aeroplane. And he only makes 100 per year, but I guess that is 2 per week. Still, not a massive income.

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  4. Those are great. I expect that have to dig a larger hole though.

    Beneath Thy Feet

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  5. Now that you've reminded me I remember seeing a story about this on TV. Maybe on Nat'l Geo.

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  6. I wouldn't want to bury something so rare and unusual!
    - including myself ;)

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  7. Wow, the whole funeral industry, with emphasis on the word industry, is a little discomforting, apparently everywhere. I saw an image a while back of a kid embalmed in a pose sitting on his prized motorcycle - which was to be buried along with him. These must cost quite a bit...

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  8. Fascinating post, sc. You have opened my eyes a little wider to differing cultural traditions.

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  9. Hi S.c.
    How eye-opening! So unique and special. Good opportunity to learn the cultural difference.

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  10. how interesting! i would never ever have come up with something like that!
    but somehow a little sad too....

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  11. Just amazing! I love Africa, have travelled a lot there and I'm always very interested in the different cultures, but never heard of this before. Thank you!

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