Asaro Mudman in Kokopo by bobfoto

Asaro Mudman in Kokopo

Later in the day, I headed off to the local business college where the students were all celebrating the 39th year of Independence for Papua New Guinea by dressing up in their favourite clan sing-sing costume and strutting their stuff.

These guys from the Eastern Highlands caused quite a stir, not only for their slow motion dancing which is a boom for the photographers but the fact the MC was a wantok and he talked up just how great the Highlanders were to the majority coastal Island people and me thinks he went just a little too far... the Tolais were not happy and they interjected... photos to come.

But the Mudmen from Goroka continued to charm and impress.

Photo taken last week in Kokopo.
Love these fellow. He could use a good dentist though
September 21st, 2014  
Amazing culture. A beautiful capture to show it off.
September 21st, 2014  
love these masks
September 21st, 2014  
@swilde - pumice teeth here.

@sangwann - Thanks Dione.

@houdiniem - they are cool.
September 21st, 2014  
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!! Great mask
September 21st, 2014  
Great Golem ! Fav !
September 21st, 2014  
that some weird thing.
September 21st, 2014  
@snackmaster - almost there.

@cocobella - dancing Golem... with Bow and Arrow.

@blueberry1222 - the Mudmen originated when two tribes were fighting in the Asaro valley way up in the Highlands of New Guinea. One tribe chased the other and they escaped by jumping into the muddy Asaro river. When they climbed out of the river, the white clay gave the Mudmen a ghostly like appearance, and the attackers ran off scared, thinking the souls of the departed were returning for vengeance.
September 21st, 2014  
very interesting shot
September 21st, 2014  
I think the mudman is fabulous, as are your photos recording the local culture.
September 21st, 2014  
@cruzer @suebarni - thank you ladies :)
September 22nd, 2014  
This seems to be a very heavy sort of mask to wear. I imagine it also is quite easily broken. Great shot , Jason.
September 22nd, 2014  
@grammyn - this one looks very recently made and not quite hardened off by sun or fire... I'm sure if a torrential downpour came, this one might run???
September 22nd, 2014  
didn't you have a mask similar to this and you had a profile pic of this mask last year? super shot!
September 22nd, 2014  
@bobfoto I hadn't considered that as a means of finishing the masks. Seeing it running in the rain would be something to see.
September 23rd, 2014  
Another great shot and story! :)
September 23rd, 2014  
@summerfield - I do, mine is a blend of mud and concrete on a wire mesh frame...

@grammyn - I think this one would collapse into big lumps in the rain... There is an internal frame which could be an old sack or chicken mesh or both...

@juliedduncan - Thanks Julie :)
September 23rd, 2014  
Great shot
September 23rd, 2014  
@chris17 - easier in slow motion
September 24th, 2014  
Oh, they were always so creepy to see in real life. Great capture here.
October 6th, 2014  
@girlie - they are very creepy, but easy to take a photo of!
October 6th, 2014  
Thinking about you yesterday.. hope everything's going ok out there. I've been absent for so long that I almost -but not quite- forget to visit 365 some weeks. The one-a-week is definitely not conducive to regular postings. Anyway - Love this shot... it was the last one I spotted one day (in a rush as always) and so came up on my thumbnails screen for ages and that made me smile. So gotta fave it :) Take care, Jason :)
October 10th, 2014  
@filsie65 - Oh thank you Phil, I too have weaned myself of the 365, and I am back today to post one more pic, but soon, all my projects will be over...

Thanks for the fave :)
October 11th, 2014  
I wonder what it feels like inside there.
November 15th, 2014  
@kjarn - from experience, they're not easy to look out of.
November 15th, 2014  
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