Mud Men - Papua New Guinea

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    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
    www.ericlafforgue.com

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    1. kentclark333 65 months ago | reply

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    2. Vít Hassan 65 months ago | reply

      OMG,extraordinary..cool...super..in short great!!!
      A Fav.

    3. Tway76 [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      Looks Absolutely different than tha Asaro mudmen masks. Where are they from?

    4. The Soapmaker 65 months ago | reply

      What the %^$#!!!

    5. Eric Lafforgue 65 months ago | reply

      thanks!
      @Tway: yes, i saw 2 different kind of mud men, one from Asaro, with masks made with dry clay , and teeth, and this one, with fresh masks that they destroy at the end of the dance, from the area of Mount Hagen.

    6. photosperso 65 months ago | reply

      Très étonnant !

    7. J_CH* 65 months ago | reply

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    8. Stan Miedziak 65 months ago | reply

      Amazing photo!!!

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      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Tell me a story..., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    10. NaPix -- (Time out) 65 months ago | reply

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    11. B℮n 64 months ago | reply

      Amazing masks!!

      ● Seen this wonderful image and read the STORY at:●
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      GRTZ,BEN

    12. giacomos50at 64 months ago | reply

      ........I think, they know halloween!

    13. Agubben [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      They look quite intimidating actually...

    14. wild prairie man 38 months ago | reply

      Well, regardless of how authentic today's mudmen may be, there is something primal and - yes - frightening about their appearance.

      Love this wonderful image and story, Seen at:

      Tell me a Story...

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