Mud Men - Papua New Guinea

The Asaro Mudmen come from just outside the town of Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. The mud men covered their bodies with mud and become white. White colour represents death in the Papouasian culture. On the fingers, they put bamboos sticks to make noise and frighten the ennemies. First people who watched mud men fled, terrified. Then it became a big attarction in the local festivals.The only original mud-man remaining is Mister Ruipo Okoro. He accuses some young men of other ethnical groups who are not descendents of the true ancestors to use the mud men ritual as an entertainment for tourists to make money.


Papua New Guinea , Highlands, Mount Hagen festival singsing

© Eric Lafforgue

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Taken on August 19, 2007