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Portraits from Papua New Guinea, 2001

I travelled to Papua New Guinea back in August 2001 and witnessed the spectacular tribal gathering at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing, an annual festival held in the highlands. I took these photographs with my Nikon FM (I forgot what lens I used) on slide.

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

 

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

His head dress is made from human hair

 

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

Close up of the man with the human hair head dress

 

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

Notice the bird of paradise feathers in this head dress

 

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

Azaro Mud Man

 

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

The fur he was wearing was from a tree kangaroo

 

 

 

 

 

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Asaro Mudmen, Papua New Guinea

Asaro Mudmen

Something tells me this guy doesn’t like me

I took this photograph at the 2001 Mt Hagen Highland Sing Sing in Papua New Guinea. Legend has it that the Asaro Mudmen of the Eastern Highlands were defeated in a battle and driven off their land. The warriors regrouped and hid in a swamp. They planned a counter attack and waited till it was dark. Under the cover of darkness they surrounded their village which was captured and attacked. When they came charging out of the swamp their bodies were caked in mud and had a white ghostly appearance. The people of Papua New Guinea are terrified of spirits and ghosts; and at the sight of these ‘ghosts’ the opposing tribe fled in terror and the Mudmen were victorious. Ever since the Asaro Mudmen cover their bodies in mud, wear strange masks decorated with wild bore tusks, dogs teeth and human hair and do a slow haunting ceremonial dance.

I took this on Minolta X300 on slide film.

 

 

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