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Syuru Village - part 2
To mark our visit to Syuru, the men and women of the village conducted a number of ceremonies. Here, wood carvings were raised to the top of a platform built outside the Men's House.
Asmat carvings are highly prized by museums around the world. (I will show shots of Asmat Art in a later series.) The region is now mainly Christian. However, many old Animistic beliefs live on in their culture. The symbolism of the figures depicted in their art is one such vital expression.
Their tribal hats are made of Cuscus fur – from the small marsupial found in New Guinea and Australia’s Cape York. But they also keep this cute animal as a pet.