In this era of the coronavirus pandemic, social media became our daily go-to. While scrolling through endless posts, you must have come across a meme that has been made popular by TikTok-ers – the dancing coffin guys. If you have stopped to wonder “who are these guys?” after having a good laugh, we have the answers.
For those who are not familiar with the said meme, the 5-seconds clip shows six men in matching outfits dancing in synchronise to Tony Igy’s Astronomia with a coffin on their shoulders. The history brings us to Ghana where it is a common tradition during funerals. It aims to provide the deceased with a colourful farewell.
It was first uploaded into the world of internet back in 2015 on YouTube. The video had gained 4 million views. Subsequently, the second video was uploaded by BBC in 2017 in a short documentary on the roles of the dancing pallbearers. Since then, many have surfaced on the net, including one where the pallbearers accidentally dropped the coffin in the act.
However, nothing can compare to the stardom they received in February 2020, where it was first made famous in TikTok. The clip was attached at the end of ‘epic fail’ videos paired with EDM music. Soon after, it went viral on all social media platforms. If you haven’t seen one, watch it here!