Papua Province Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by lotharscheer
  • Local Customs
    by lotharscheer
  • Local Customs
    by lotharscheer

Papua Province Local Customs

  • Chopping off fingers

    IT used to be the custom to chop off a joint of a finger or part of the ear when a relative died. Due to the heavey military and police presence around Wamena, however, this practice has now been discontinued.

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  • Leaf healing

    I don't know what this leaf is but in the Yalimo people rub it all over their bodies to treat aches and pains. I tried to pick it up and it caused an acute burning sensation, so much so that I had to drop it immediately. It also bought me out in a rash. Somehow it didn't have the same effect on the Yalis!

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  • Kotekas

    These p*nis gourd that is the traditional "clothing" of the West Papuan Highlanders. They vary in style from place to place. Koteka is actually a word from the west Highlands that has become a common way to referring to it in Bahasa Baru, or "New Language". Each group of people has its own word for the thing in their own language.

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