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In Africa, started making coffins of unusual forms

January 31 2008
15:30

In the African nation of Ghana near the capital city of Accra, is a workshop for making coffins, which is unique in the world, reports AFP.

Paa Joe Works produces not just the coffins and caskets in the shape of a wide variety of objects: airplane, lion, cucumber, tomato, lobster, shoe, white Mercedes and bottles of Coca-Cola.

"We have customers worldwide. The idea is that you order a coffin that reflects what the people engaged in life," - explains the manager Emmanuel Doku.

"For example, lobster - for a fisherman, cucumber - to a seller of vegetables, the aircraft - for the pilot. Recently we ordered a coffin football related to the deceased 19-year old player," - adding: "These coffins are only making in Ghana. The tradition goes into the 1950 - e, is now in Accra, we have five workshops.

When asked about the most unusual project coffin Doku without hesitation replied: "That's easy. In 1992, a gynecologist from Germany, ordered a coffin in the shape of a woman's uterus." As evidence, he opened a drawer and pulled out a small cardboard box with a plastic model of the said body, which the doctor had sent as a sample.

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