Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A full view of a Mud man from the Asaro River area of the Eastern Highlands near Goroka, shows the skull—like emphasis on an anticipated dead enemy. He carries a doll—like figure that carries the traditional sticks for fight in battle. The outsized mask, made with a frame covered over with which clay, shows bloodshot—painted eyes lie in deep—set black caverns with painted blood red teeth to symbolize the eating of the enemy. Remote people of the Asaro River valley in the Eastern Highlands traditionally believed in eating the flesh of their enemy for various strengths that the enemy had. Also, they often took the name for a child to assure the child inherits the desirable characteristics. His bikini—size body covering is smeared with the red paint as are his arms and neck.
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