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Asaro mudmen, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea<br />
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Probably the most famous of all New Guinea tribal peoples, the mudmen are also called bush demons. The whitish-gray body clay is the color of death and spirits. Their ancestors, near defeat in battle, were able to scare off the enemy by emerging from the Asaro River so disguised. Lying on my back, I was surrounded by these eerie maskclad men. I exposed for the mud masks and blew out the sky to give a lightness to the image.

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Asaro mudmen, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Probably the most famous of all New Guinea tribal peoples, the mudmen are also called bush demons. The whitish-gray body clay is the color of death and spirits. Their ancestors, near defeat in battle, were able to scare off the enemy by emerging from the Asaro River so disguised. Lying on my back, I was surrounded by these eerie maskclad men. I exposed for the mud masks and blew out the sky to give a lightness to the...
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