May 3, 2020 9:37 am

They dance with death. Literally.

In Ghana, Nana Otafrija Pallbearing & Waiting Services, provides funeral services — featuring half-dozen men, often dressed in black and white suits and sunglasses. Known as dancing pallbearers, they get down to festive beats, all while carrying a coffin on their shoulders during funeral processions.

Dancing with death is not new. Danse macabre images date back to the middle ages. Funeral dancing can be found at processions in New Orleans, and other parts of the world, as a way to celebrate a person’s life and to lift loved ones’ spirits.

But in the time of the coronavirus, Ghana’s dancing pallbearers appear to have struck an especially popular — albeit macabre — chord.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella