Off to Papua New Guinea with PARALLEL WORLDS…

Parallel Worlds

[words and photograph © Eric Lafforgue, The WideAngle]

Each year in Mount Hagen in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, tribes from all over the country gather for the biggest “Singsing” of the island. A “Singsing” is a rejoicing time of chants and dances, and before all that takes place, much attention is given to preparing participants’ make-up and dresses. The big question is: when will these tribes perform for tourists and no longer for tradition? When you are the lucky witness of the Mount Hagen Singsing, and you can hear how loud the people sing, and how much time they take to dress (each plume of the hats is put in one by one at every ceremony – it takes hours…), you can be sure that these proud people still do this first for pleasure.

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  1. #1 by lorddavidprosser on October 23, 2012 - 13:20

    The Islanders have to continue to do this with their own pleasure at heart. If allowed to be commercialised it will end up meaning nothing to future generations. I was disappointed to find after donning my headphones we weren’t to be treated to a sample.

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