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Ghanaian coffins

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"Amid calls for a three-day weekend in Ghana to allow residents to attend more funeral parties (with the emphasis on party), here's a look at some of the country's famous customized coffins."


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Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 5:18 PM

the idea that funerals should be festive is an idea with a large history. it is also, i think, a very good idea. many people already get together after a funeral and drink and talk about the good times they had with the dead person, and it helps with a sort of closure.

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 16, 2015 5:24 PM

I've never heard of this type of burial traditions. The typical burial that I hear about and experience are the old, wake and funeral the day after the wake.  I've also heard of funerals that are held in New Orleans, when someone died the people of New Orleans paraded down the street singing and playing happy music. This was a celebration of there life. Wakes and funerals that I'm used to are always sad and depressing and held at a church and funeral home then the deceased are to be buried at a cemetery. In this article, caskets are designed differently, as you can see in the photo above. Some caskets are in the shape of a shoe, fish, car, or even a camera. Interesting way to celebrate the deceased.

Patty B's curator insight, February 11, 4:22 PM

The Ghanaian coffins exemplify the unique differences still found within cultures around the world despite a highly globalized society. In particular, this webpage reveals how cultures still vary by showing how one way in which Ghanaians honor their deceased, which is by having elaborate, fun, and symbolic coffins made. The coffins seem representative of the deceased’s personality, interests, occupation, and overall who they were in society, what they were known for, and what they loved most. Many societies or religions honor their loved ones by remembering the same things that Ghanaians remember, but do say in a different manner. I think a custom such as the coffin making of the Ghanaians would be something our society and similar societies would accept. Themed weddings are becoming a big hit, I don’t see why Western culture would be so against adopting themed funerals as well in some sense. 

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Ghana Agriculture Production Survey (GAPS): Report on data quality and findings on key indicators 2011/2012 minor season survey | IFPRI Publication


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IFPRIKM's curator insight, July 23, 2014 12:37 PM

The Ghana Agriculture Production Survey (GAPS) undertaken by the Statistics, Research and Information Directorate (SRID) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is designed to provide data on community amenities, characteristics of farm families, utilization of land, use of inputs, outputs of major agricultural commodities, post-farm activities, household incomes, health of farm families, and health of farm animals on an annual basis.

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Strategies to control aflatoxin in groundnut value chains | IFPRI Publication


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IFPRIKM's curator insight, September 2, 2014 12:21 PM

Groundnuts, which are widely consumed in West Africa, are prone to contamination by aflatoxin during production and storage. Although aflatoxin plays a role in many of the important health risks in developing countries, individuals and governments ignore the risks because their health effects are not immediate. In the developed world strong regulations remove contaminated kernels and their products from the food systems. The objective of this paper is to examine production and marketing practices, particularly grading methods, in Ghana’s groundnut value chain to obtain a clear understanding of the sources and levels of aflatoxin contamination in the crop and how such contamination can be sharply reduced.

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Schools urged to engage qualified librarians | Regional News 2013-10-08


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Article argues that there is need to engage qualified librarians in schools in order to improve library and information services and also promote reading culture.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:43 AM

The Central Regional Chairman of the Ghana Library Association (GLA), Mr Edwin Asamoah, on Monday, appealed to authorities of Senior High Schools and institutions of higher learning to stock their libraries with relevant books and engage qualified librarians to encourage students to patronize them.