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.
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.
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.
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.
A Dani male warrior participates in the mock battle.
Dani women is watching the battle.
The children are allowed to participate.
This man participated in “Baliem valley festival” which was held from 8th to 10th August.
In recent years, the primitive life of Dani tribe receives a lot of attentions from the world.
3 tribes Yali of Baliem valley : Dani, Lani and were discovered in 1938.
Baliem valley festival is held every year.
The event attracts thousands of people, both local and tourist around the world.