All posts tagged: Ancestor

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Gihr-Gihr – Siberia

This week, we are proud to present another guest blogger: Jeanette Lykkegård, PhD Scholar at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University. We asked Jeanette to share an experience from her time in Siberia, and she sent us this fascinating story:  The Life of a Gihr-Gihr. On a […]

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Tetepeku – Papua New Guinea

Tetepeku – one of the rare female ancestor figures from Papua New Guinea, of great importance to the Abelam people of Wosera. As a central part of male initiation rites, the novice is to crawl between the legs of Tetepeku, placed inside the ceremonial house, haus tambaran. […]

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Spirit Chair – Papua New Guinea

So, a chair is basically something to sit on, right? Well actually, there is so much more to chairs than just that. There’s a chair for every occasion, but apart from the myriad different everyday chairs you’ll find around the world, you’ll also find more […]

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Bisj Poles – Papua New Guinea

You might be familiar with the colourful totem poles of Native Americans, with carved out masks and animals – but have you ever seen a Papua New Guinean bisj pole like the ones here? Collected by Aksel Bojsen-Møller in 1955, these poles tell the story of an old […]

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Ancestor Skull – Papua New Guinea

Quite frankly, we were a little spooked by this item! Even more so when we discovered that beneath the layers of clay and paint, is the real human skull of a specifically important ancestor of the Sepik province in Papua New Guinea. According to Jens […]

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Savi Mask – Papua New Guinea

We know, right? The second you realized what is actually emerging from the mouth of this mask, you probably had a small twitch? We certainly did! And so, according to the Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea, do the evil powers of ancestral and natural […]

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Malangan – Papua New Guinea

Think of someone you used to know. Someone not here anymore. What do you see? A mask-like figure with animal features and a mohawk? Probably not. But if you were from the province of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea, it might not be that […]

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Yupini – Papua New Guinea

Almost resembling a funky dancer expressing himself in the light of the disco ball, perplexed and surprised by his own moves, we were amused to learn that this little fella is actually connected to the afterlife of the Enga people of Papua New Guinea in […]

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