Indonesian Tribe Mummifies Their Ancestors With Smoke

It’s a tradition of Dani tribe in West Papua Indonesia to mummify their ancestors with smoke. Mummified bodies have remained in good condition for hundreds of years.

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Eli Mabel – Dani tribe leader, who lives in Wogi village in Wamena in West Papua, an island in the center of Papua New Guinea,  hold the near-perfect body of a deceased relative. This method kept the skeletons in a near-perfect state for hundreds of years.

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The smoking mummification ritual is not used today, but the tribes still preserve a number of mummies as a symbol of the respect for their ancestors.

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Every August, the Dani wages mock battle with neighboring tribes, Lani and Yali, to celebrate the fertility and prosperity of the Papua province and uphold their ancient traditions.

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A Dani male warrior participates in the mock battle.

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Dani women is watching the battle.

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The children are allowed to participate.

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This man participated in “Baliem valley festival” which was held from 8th to 10th August.

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In recent years, the primitive life of Dani tribe receives a lot of attentions from the world.

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3 tribes Yali of Baliem valley : Dani, Lani and were discovered in 1938.

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Baliem valley festival is held every year.

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The event attracts thousands of people, both local and tourist around the world.

 

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