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These Photos Depict Surprisingly Colorful Funeral Attire in Ghana

 - May 8, 2014
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'Funeral Fashion in Ghana' is a book that examines the intricate funeral attire seen in Ghana and examines what it says about Ghanaians' approach towards marking death.

The main element of Ghanaian funeral attire that stands out in the photos is the presence of vibrant, brightly colored clothing. This is in stark contrast to the attire seen at Western funerals, which is generally black and somber. The use of vibrant colors in Ghanaian funeral attire is representative of these funerals' focus on celebrating a life rather than mourning a death.

The photographs also show how strangers are often welcomed at Ghanaian funerals, which are seen as social events. Even the coffins are more festive, with some people buried in 'fantasy coffins' that represent something the deceased was passionate about in life.