Dancing Coffin (Funeral Coffin Dance) – is a meme with black men who carry the coffin and dance under Astronomia. Videos are inserted at the end of videos that end with an epic fail.
Origin of Dancing Coffin meme
Dancing with the coffin is an ancient tradition common in Ghana. The inhabitants of this country hire special dancers for the funeral to cheerfully send the dead to the next world. Three different videos with dancing ghanians are common on the Internet. The very first of them appeared on YouTube back in 2015.
Subsequently, other videos appeared demonstrating this tradition. Including the most popular, shots from which were distributed on memes. The video was uploaded on July 27, 2017 and gained more than 2 million views.
It is not known exactly who and when came up with the idea of making this a meme. The earliest known appeared in Tiktok on February 26th, 2020. The user @lawyer_ggmu took as a basis a video with a skier who unsuccessfully jumps on a springboard. But instead of falling, a video with dancing Ghanaians is shown. All this action takes place under the Astronomia EDM track by composer Tony Igy.
According to the idea, dancing blacks with coffins show that the failure in the first video ended in death for the hero. Soon, other videos of a similar format began to appear. The trend developed in March and consolidated in April 2020. The main meme feature was the use of the Astronomia track in the background.
Meaning of Coffin Dance meme
Blacks with coffins is a meme alluding to a fatal outcome. In the case of videos from Tiktok, a popular genre is used – video fails. These include, for example, the meme Directed by Robert B. Weide.
In the case of ordinary memes, dancers with a coffin are harbingers of imminent death. This topic has become especially popular amid memes about the Chinese coronavirus.