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09/11/2013 10:11 GMT | Updated 09/11/2013 10:25 GMT

Paa Joe & The Lion: The Bizarre And Beautiful World Of Fantasy Coffins (PICTURES)

Fancy spicing up your burial? Why settle for wood or metal when you can eternally rest inside a giant lion, a chili pepper or a Coca-Cola bottle?

Welcome to the bizarre and beautiful world of fantasy coffins, headed by Paa Joe – the greatest living Ghanaian coffin maker and one of the early pioneers of the unique movement.

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The poignant tradition began in the 1950s when two brothers made an aeroplane-shaped coffin to fulfil their grandmother’s lifelong wish to fly.

Now, a British filmmaker Ben Wigleyhopes to document and share Paa Joe's talents.

The documentary, entitled "Paa Joe & The Lion," will explore his craft while connecting the practice to Ghana's culture and rituals surrounding life and death.

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Wigley has been to Ghana five times to capture Paa Joe's life, but over this period, the artist's business has fallen into decline, causing his factory in Ghana's capital to diminish into a roadside shack.

Now, the filmmaker is desperately trying to raise funds to finalise the Paa Joe documentary.

"We believe that Paa Joe's work should be celebrated and shared and we need your help to finish the film and document this fascinating story," the group wrote on their Kickstarter page.

Visit the Kickstarter before November 12 to get involved.

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