joyously Beautiful , Bespoke,  Environmentally friendly coffins




The Kanishka Casket was discovered in in 1908-1909 in Shah-ji-Dheri on the outskirts of Peshawar. A copy is in the British Museum.  

The edge of the lid is decorated by a frieze of flying geese, or Hamsa, symbolizing the travel of departing souls and the removal from samsara. Some of the geese have a wreath of victory in their beak.



why have a coffin at all? 


We have given this quite a lot of thought.  In fact, there is no legal requirement to have one.  But we are used to them, and until that changes, they will continue to be used.  


There would seem to be about six occasions in ones life that call for new clothes.  Births, baptisms, joining ones Church or tribe, weddings, funerals, and after fasting.  These are all sacraments or rites of passage in anybody's language.  


Whilst there are a great many factors which inform how one chooses to carry out the final rite of passage, coffins are part of our culture for the time being.  As a lot of carers know, one can easily get addicted to googling for just the one you think might be suitable.  


At La Terra Pura, we are confident we can make for you, a coffin which will serve its purpose, whether you are heading for the pub or a cathedral.  Even when we stop having cremations and move on to more sophisticated, less polluting methods - one needs something to travel in, and to appropriately preserve ones' modesty, - and it's just nice for the bereaved to have something comforting and beautiful to focus on, - simple or elaborate is entirely up to you.  



ON URNS ... AND SACRED GEESE .....

It seems a little odd to have a gorgeous coffin, and then to have the remains returned in a plastic jar or box, so we aim also to provide matching boxes for ashes.  

Right after the first ever La Terra Pura coffin was made, a classic V formation of geese flew overhead.  Vivien whose coffin it was, used to love dancing a Russian folk dance called 'the sacred goose' - so  we looked up 'sacred geese' in Wikipedia - and were intrigued by the results.......


The Sacred Goose or Hamsa represents perfect union, balance and life. A constant repetition of the word "hamso" changes it to "Soaham", which means "That I am". Hence the hamsa is often identified with the Supreme Spirit or Brahman. The flight of the Hamsa also symbolizes the escape from the cycle of samsara. The bird also has special connotations in the monistic philosophy of Advaita Vedanta - just as the swan lives on water but its feathers are not wetted by water, similarly an Advaitin tries to live in this material world full of Maya, but is unsoiled by its illusionary nature.​