a village in the
Asmat, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
These elaborately carved poles are left over from a death ceremony.
Their belief is that all death is
do to outside forces. To ward off more problems
these poles are carved and erected for a death ceremony.
after their use they are no longer of value and can be disposed.
or can be sold to tourists along with other items
or used in a building support
man and boy
child painted for the occasion
woman and child
man with elaborate nose ornament
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