Whipping Boi by bobfoto

Whipping Boi

Just when I thought the Duk Duks were intense and a little odd, the Whip Dancers came out.

Now this shit got weird and I've seen some crazy tribal stuff in Papua New Guinea, but these guys took abuse and flagellation to a new level. Four or five lads painted like this one walked slowly and calmly onto the arena and then kneeled down with one raised fist in solidarity. The other 20 lads dressed simply in red lap-laps then pointed canes to each of the kneeled, to certain points on their bodies; wrists, neck and ankles were good areas to strike. The assailants, then wound back and then let fly with their canes and they cracked and whipped and exploded around the limbs of the suffering.

It continued.

Big flashes of dust from the insides of the cane exploded as these lads just knelt and accepted the beating.

Photo taken last week in Rabaul.
What a very ominous feel this has. I wonder if that's the origin of the phrase...are they taking this wipping on behalf of others or themselves...bears looking into. A fav
September 19th, 2014  
Now I want to know why! Look at his face - he knows what's coming. Ugh! Wonderful shot, Jason!
September 19th, 2014  
so intriguing.
September 19th, 2014  
@bobfoto Thanks for the story behind the picture. A picture might be worth 1000 words, but sometimes the words are needed to make the picture.

@swilde That is essentially the origin - taking a whipping on behalf of others. The original whipping boys were raised with English royals and would take their beatings since you couldn't beat the actual prince.
September 19th, 2014  
ooh likey the pose
September 19th, 2014  
Ouch!
September 19th, 2014  
@swilde - their entry into the performance area was spectacular in its deliberateness. They were not direct in steps, they milled around, surrounded by the boys in red. Only the young man dressed as a woman made deliberate steps towards the "VIP"s before re-entering the group for his/her whipping...

@juliedduncan - they appeared to not be totally there, as if in a trance or hypnotised or even under the influence of some other factor... it was a curious and bizarre performance.

@blueberry1222 - it was. I still get goosebumps looking back at these images.

@mcrt - Just that there were no prince here. (just a man dressed as a woman, photo later)

@houdiniem - I have another shot where there is more white to his eyes and its an ominous shot, but I liked the pose and leaf in this one.

@bill_fe - to participate and to watch.
September 19th, 2014  
This has a rather fall feel with the leaf. I've got fall on the brain. Very cool paint job and serious expression.
September 19th, 2014  
@amandal - here in the Tropics, we don't do Autumn (or Fall) very well, but occasionally we have a tree that will allow its leafs to change colour and drop and when they do, I am reminded of cooler places until the ambient humidity kicks me back in the arse and lets me know that it is still 30ÂșC and 87%...
September 19th, 2014  
@bobfoto If you haven't, you have got to experience autumn sometime. It is freakin' amazing. I hope to see it in New England someday. In autumn, you can eat pumpkin pie.
September 19th, 2014  
whoa! another delicious dof here. is that a teardrop on his cheek? is the leaf a symbol or something or was it just incidental that it landed on his neck? these shots are rather intriguing and extracts emotions from the viewer. excellent shot, jason, comme toujours!
September 19th, 2014  
@amandal - I have seen the splendour of Fall and I passed on the Pumpkin Pie. Tried the pie once I have and it is not to my liking.

@summerfield - the leaf is threaded and tied to his neck. And merci beaucoup.
September 19th, 2014  
@bobfoto Too bad. Not enough whipped cream perhaps or made with canned pumpkin? Oh well. We can't all be perfect. I've been seeing deer daily lately, but have yet to lure one onto a pumpkin. Maybe soon.
September 19th, 2014  
@bobfoto - oh, okay, now i see it. the one curse of being old, the eyesight goes and the curse of vanity, refusing to wear glasses. :-)
September 19th, 2014  
@amandal - Deer would be cool to see. I think my American friend made the pie out of a big pumpkin she grew in her garden... I think I ate my whole slice but passed on seconds... maybe it needed ice-cream?

@summerfield - two reasons why I try to nail my focus.
September 19th, 2014  
@bobfoto Everything is better with ice cream. I'm a kid at Christmas when I see deer. I love them so.
September 19th, 2014  
sad and dark
September 19th, 2014  
September 20th, 2014  
love his necklace
September 20th, 2014  
@kali66 - leafy...
September 20th, 2014  
Terrific little pop of costume color. Difficult to imagine the motivation for a dance like you describe.
September 21st, 2014  
@grammyn - Nah, I doubt I'd be volunteering...
September 22nd, 2014  
@bobfoto I can't imagine why ANYONE would!!
September 22nd, 2014  
@grammyn - rites of passage kinda stuff?
September 22nd, 2014  
@bobfoto possibly but a rather harsh rite if you ask me.
September 23rd, 2014  
@grammyn - the body paint bit would be fun?
September 23rd, 2014  
Good shot
September 23rd, 2014  
@chris17 - Thanks :)
September 24th, 2014  
I like the leaf.
November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn - magic leaf of protection...
November 15th, 2014  
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