Last summer (July
1999) we ventured into the territory of the ferocious
emerged unexpected out from the jungle, like evil spirits,
covered with mud from top to toe. Silent they approached
us in the river, and so they started to aim at us with
their bows and arrows. It was pretty scary. We didn`t
know how far this would go. Suddenly we heard a sound
from a bowstring.
both were screamed, and feared the worst, but fortunately
the arrow was still rested on the bowstring. The Mud
Men got a good laugh when they saw our fear, and they
continued with the same practical jokes for a while.
Later they instructed us how to shoot with arrows and
bow. They showed great skill in shooting, and I am glad
that we were not their targets.
Eastern Highlands Province in
Papua New Guinea has
much to offer for they who want untouched nature and
meeting exotic tribes who live fairly isolated. Take your time,
find a good guide and enjoy the excitement! Despite the Mud
Men being almost outnumbered, the masks helped them
to strike fear into their enemies. Fortunately we were
not their enemies!
Stein Morten Lund, 6 July 2000.
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Facts about Papua New
Formal country name: The
Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
Area: 462,840 sq
People: 95% Melanesian, 5%
Polynesian, Micronesian and Chinese.
Religion: 44% Protestant, 22%
Catholic and 34% pantheistic beliefs.