Polish coffin-maker uses nude models to sell wares

WARSAW Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:40am EDT

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WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish firm that makes coffins has angered the Catholic church by trying to drum up business with a calendar depicting topless models posing next to its caskets.

One image from the 2013 edition of the calendar has a blonde model, wearing only a skimpy thong and with a snake draped around her neck, reclining on a coffin. In another, a woman wearing a crimson corset is depicted pulling out the heart of a man lying on a casket.

"My son had the idea of creating the company's calendar... so that we could show something half-serious, colorful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins," said Zbigniew Lindner, the firm's owner.

"We wanted to show that a coffin isn't a religious symbol. Its a product," he said. "Why are people afraid of coffins and not of business suits, cosmetics or jewelry?"

As well as attracting publicity for his firm, the calendar is intended as a source of revenue. It is on sale on the company's website. Anyone who places an order receives a complementary key ring in the shape of a coffin.

The Catholic church has condemned the calendar as inappropriate. A church spokesman has said that human death should be treated with solemnity and not mixed up with sex.

The church and its teachings have been at the heart of Polish life for generations, but changes in society are challenging the faith. While 93 percent of Poles say they are Catholic, the proportion who attend church regularly is falling. Many people are starting to confront long-standing taboos about sexuality and religion.

(Reporting by Piotr Pilat and Dagmara Leszkowicz; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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Comments (5)
Tiu wrote:
It’s hard to visualize the problem without any pictures.

Nov 05, 2012 7:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bobo_9 wrote:
Tiu –> I don’t think there is a problem – unless the “sex” part is something the models are trying to do with the corpses which would be freaky if they are. Otherwise the Church needs to relax & realize that there’s nothing wrong with a little nudity.

Nov 05, 2012 3:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1968Ford wrote:
According to the Catholic fairytales we are all created equal by God. We begin our lives naked and after that our clothes are not supplied by God. Since God knows exactly what we look like under our clothes He would be hardly offended by any naked body. Catholic church should stop spreading out their moralistic nonsense, God does not care.

Nov 06, 2012 5:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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