DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?
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Story highlights Polio was confirmed in a 6-year-old boy in May Two more children have been diagnosed with poliovirus The strain of poliovirus detected in the boy is now circulating in the community (CNN)A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization reported Monday. Papua New Guinea had been certified polio-free since 2000, along with the rest of WHO's Western Pacific Region. The virus was suspected as the cause of lower limb weakness in a 6-year-old boy in Morobe Province in April; in May, the diagnosis was confirmed. The same strain of virus was detected in stool specimens of two healthy children living in the community by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the outbreak on Friday. The total of three cases prompted the declaration of an outbreak. Read More WHO also determined that the strain of poliovirus detected in the children -- vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1-- is … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea no longer polio-free
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: May 29, 2018 at 4:33 pm | UPDATED: May 30, 2018 at 5:32 am By Hamza Shaban | The Washington Post An entire nation plans to undergo a government-mandated Facebook ban. The government of Papua New Guinea announced Tuesday that it will block the social network for a month to allow researchers to identify fake accounts and users who post pornography and misinformation, according to the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. Papua New Guinea’s communications minister, Sam Basil, told the newspaper that the temporary shutdown would give researchers a chance to analyze how Facebook is used in the country and to explore the development of its own social network for the nation’s citizens. Basil said preventing access to Facebook in the country could reveal benefits to the population or lead to the conclusion that people are actually better off without it. Basil did not say when the ban would begin, according to the Post-Courier. Facebook said in a … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea bans its citizens from Facebook for a month
Citizens of Papua New Guinea are about to get a month-long digital detox from Facebook -- whether they like it or not. Papua New Guinea's communications minister, Sam Basil, told the country's Post-Courier on Tuesday that Facebook would be banned there for four weeks, providing an opportunity to identify fake profiles and work out how to prevent the spread of pornography on the platform. "The time will allow information to be collected to identify users that hide behind fake accounts, users that upload pornographic images, users that post false and misleading information on Facebook to be filtered and removed," said Basil. The work will form part of the enforcement of the country's Cyber Crime Act, passed in 2016. Basil also suggested the country look to build its own social network for citizens to use instead of Facebook. Facebook is fighting a battle against the spread of fake news, including the use of false profiles to boost and share misinformation. "We have reached … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook for a month, official says
THESE powerful images capture the spear-wielding tribes of Papua new Guinea who believe they are possessed with the spirit of the crocodile. They show how the Kangunaman clansmen scar their backs to resemble reptile scales while the Huli Wigmen wear elaborate headdresses to signal they are ready for battle. The Kunai men - armed with spears, bows and axes - are pictured with striking red, black and yellow paint on their faces. Northern Irish photographer Trevor Cole took the stunning images during a gathering of tribes known as a Sing-Sing. Here, the clans come together to show off their own cultures, dances and music. "I always like to think that humans are inextricably connected to their environment," said 61-year-old Cole. He added: "People adapt to climates and landscapes, therefore they are a reflection their natural habitats." There are believed to be 65,000 Huli tribesmen living in the Tari Basin, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Flooding, crop damage and deforestation all … [Read more...] about Incredible pics of Papua New Guinea’s tribespeople who believe they carry the spirit of crocodiles in their souls