Chances are, you’ve never thought about being buried in anything other than a traditional coffin. For that matter, you may have never even thought about being buried. Some people do prefer to choose their casket before they pass. And some people, go out in quite an “unconventional” style with a coffin made in Ghana. Ghanaian culture takes a different approach when it comes to saying goodbye to our loved ones. Coffins in the style of a Mercedez Benz, or a jet airliner, a coke bottle, a mermaid, a shoe, you name it, they’ll make it. Funerals are said to be more like a celebration of life and love, and the coffins should represent the life, dreams, passions, and status of the dead.
For instance, a farm worker chose a chili pepper as his coffin to reflect his life and hard work on his pepper farm. These coffins are not called caskets or coffins but “proverb boxes.” Some sources say the proverb boxes range from $300-$1000 per box.
Take a look at some of the Ghana-inspired proverb boxes that were on display at some museums.