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Tagged With: Papua-New Guinea

PYCHOLOGY I Got A Strange Message … (No. 35)

I didn’t see them in the shops and tourist spots, I saw them in the huts and houses. Small carvings, never larger than 15 in. or 35 cm. Strange creatures with sucking instruments, menacing eyes, grabbing tentacles, protruding teeth and bodies like „Alien“ monster. Simply sculptured, rude expressions in wood, sometimes painted wildly, often not. … Weiterlesen »

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LANGUAGE I Got A Strange Message … (No. 31)

I met Bob recently in Beijing. Bob Bates is one of the godfathers of the travel industry in Papua-New Guinea and a friend of mine since 1981. I asked him about the most difficult word in Pidgin English, the official language of this remarkable country. He said: „It’s the word for piano.“ He told it, … Weiterlesen »

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ART Lost & Found … (No. 13)

No idea where I got it, somewhere in Papua-New Guinea, probably in Lae: Playing cards, depicting the century old art of face painting, done by the tribes from Port Moresby at the sea to Tari high up in the mountains. I never played with the cards, but still wonder if I should frame them as … Weiterlesen »

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ANIMALS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 8)

It was in Goroka (Papua-New Guinea) on a rare day without pouring rain. You know what they say up in the highland: There are only two seasons – rain and strong rain! I stood under a gum tree when I felt the touch of a tiny hand on my right shoulder. Well, that’s not unusual … Weiterlesen »

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FESTIVALS Moments You Never Forget … (No. 15)

Erudite people might remember the name: The Trobriands are the erotic paradise on earth, as described in 1929 by Bronislaw Malinowski in his book „The Sexual Live of Savages“. True, even today. And now imagine: 120 panther-like and very handsome  bodybuilders, dressed in palmleafs and decorated with flowers and feathers, playing island cricket with wooden … Weiterlesen »

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