Turns out that strange poster art isn’t the only way Ghanaians get out their morbid creativity: the Ga tribe in coastal Ghana specialize in making elaborate coffins tailored to the personality of those who will spend eternity in it, and these coffins range in shape from beer bottles to animals to luxury automobiles, or any other thing strongly associated with the deceased.

The tradition began about 50 years ago when a carpenter who made the chairs used to transport village chiefs, made one in the shape of an eagle, and it was so impressive that a neighbouring chief requested one in the shape of a cocoa pod. Unfortunately the chief died before it was finished, and it became his coffin, thus sparking what would become a tradition and a cottage industry alike.






About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.



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