Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Twenty or more Fore tribesmen (formerly called Moke) from the Okape district of the Eastern Highlands are dressed for the Sing sing. They are similarly wigged in this photo. Their face paintings are similar and each wears a covering of moss on his chest, along with the moka kina shell symbol of wealth. Previously, the Moke/Fore tribes performed mortuary cannibalism. According to medical researchers, eating the raw brains and body organs of dead family members and enemies caused Kuru disease. It was called laughing disease because victims laughed uncontrollably. Now that cannibalism is outlawed, there appears to be no cases.
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