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The mystery of the Asaro Mudmen

Gudmundur Fridriksson is passionate about all things PNG and enjoys sharing his vast knowledge, and local insights, through his blogs.

Home to over 800 cultures, Papua New Guinea offers a rich feast of tradition, costume and verbal history, but few tribes elicit such primal fear as the Asaro Mudmen.

Wearing ghoulish masks, with their bodies painted completely white, the sight of the Mudmen in all their traditional glory is enough to send instant shivers down the spine.

According to some tribal historians, eliciting this deep sense of fear is exactly the point and is an age-old warring tradition, but according to others, it has its roots in more innocent origins just four generations ago.

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