Smile PNG, it's your birthday! by bobfoto

Smile PNG, it's your birthday!

Today is the 39th birthday of my adopted homeland of Papua New Guinea. I have been travelling of late and I have been procrastinating the closure of this project to the extent I simply haven't posted, but I have been taking photographs and I'm thinking that maybe the great Duk Duks of East New Britain could prove the perfect finale.

So I went hunting for Duk Duks.

Around 6 years ago I went on a hunt for the elusive Duk Duk and I found one on a lonely country road and it scared the pek pek out of me. The Tumburan as these ones are properly called are a spirit that embodies everything about the Tolai people of the Baining Mountains and they are very secretive and reserved for special occasions.

More to come.

Photo taken the other day in Rabaul, East New Britain.
The information I read about them sounds rather frightening - spirits who could judge. It is very special that you got this photo but is it of a Duk Duk?
September 15th, 2014  
you know you will have to come back by popular demand...
September 15th, 2014  
@maggiemae - I'm pretty sure that during this initiation ceremony, the Duk Duk Keeper was calling them Tuburans.

@kali66 - maybe. unlikely.
September 15th, 2014  
You would be greatly missed.
September 15th, 2014  
@kittikat - Thank you Kitti. :)
September 15th, 2014  
A super shot.We'd miss you and all the great info and shots of your adopted home:-)
September 15th, 2014  
This is really dramatic. I look forward to learning about PNG with every post you make and would be sorry to see it come to a close.
September 15th, 2014  
cute
September 15th, 2014  
great capture Jason
September 15th, 2014  
@carolmw @taffy - oh but all good things must come to an end... (I'm not sure who said that or why...)

@houdiniem - they were pretty cool indeed!

@gerry - Cheers Gerry.
September 15th, 2014  
Maybe just take a break for a while? I will miss your fabulous photos if you leave.
September 15th, 2014  
Interesting photo! Please don't go . . .
September 16th, 2014  
Fabulous clarity in this shot
September 16th, 2014  
I feel like I'm being watched.
September 16th, 2014  
Good to see you back, was wondering what you were up to. Great shot.
September 16th, 2014  
Awesome!
September 16th, 2014  
Agree with Rach_who! The spirits are looking at us.
September 16th, 2014  
@suebarni - thank you for saying so Sue.

@swilde - they were a fidgety mob.

@rach_who @will_wooderson - perhaps they always were?

@nataliemac - did you see the teev footage?

@susale - thanks Suse :)
September 16th, 2014  
Even though I dont comment much, but I do look forward to your photos & view them. Nice capture.
September 16th, 2014  
@leestevo - Thank you Lee-Ann, I think I have a few followers like yourself?
September 16th, 2014  
Looks a bit intimidating. Good shot! Don't leave us! You give us a fascinating insight into another culture!
September 16th, 2014  
It will be a very sad day for 365 when you stop posting! I love the clarity of this shot and the subject itself it very intereesting.
September 17th, 2014  
@chris17 @grammyn - I like the feather.
September 17th, 2014  
Fabulous!
November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn :D (Duk Duk smile)
November 15th, 2014  
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