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Baining fire dance - Papua New guinea | by Eric Lafforgue
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Baining fire dance - Papua New guinea

The Baining fire dance is the most impressive thing i've seen in my photographer life!

The dance is very complicated to see, as the clans do not want to perform at any time. The dance is only performed at night time, the women MUST NOT touch the masks.

A big fire is set in the middle of the village, and then 40 dancers will wear the giant mask to jump on the fire, and also dance on it, supported by 20 musicians. The main thing is aslo to give a kick in the fire, as you can see on the picture, and the main job for me was to avoid the projections!

The dance can last for a night.

During the dance, the dancers take some kids with them and go into the fire: it is the best way to cure them!

Galim village, East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea.



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Taken on September 30, 2009