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originally posted by: weirdguy
a reply to: Rainbowresidue
Papua New Guinea had many cannibal tribes even during WW2, they would eat the Japanese soldiers sometimes.
originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
For those of you interested in the mummification process that was and still is in use today... This should perk your brain right up! I always love learning about the rites and rituals concerning death in other cultures. I am amazed at how differently different cultures view and treat death compared to how we do so. Regardless of how different we all are, what our religion is, where we reside on this planet, and what we consider social norms... Death is one thing none of us will escape. It is indeed the great equalizer.
I ran across this and found it very interesting. I figured some here would as well, so I thought to share.
The Eerie Smoked Corpses Of Papua New Guinea
For centuries, the Anga tribe of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Highlands have practiced a unique mummification technique – smoke curing. Once smoked, the mummies aren’t buried in tombs or graves; instead, they are placed on steep cliffs, so that they overlook the village below. The very sight of a string of charred, red bodies hanging off the mountains might seem quite grotesque, but for the Anga people, it’s the highest form of respect for the dead.
The process itself is carried out carefully and thoroughly by experienced embalmers. At first, the knees, elbows and feet of the corpse are slit, and the body fat is drained completely. Then, hollowed-out bamboo poles are jabbed into the dead person’s guts, and the drippings are collected. These drippings are smeared into the hair and skin of living relatives. Through this ritual, the strength of the deceased is believed to be transferred to the living. The leftover liquid is saved for later use as cooking oil.
I know here (in the US) that we shy away from death more so than most every culture in existence. It's not something we put on display. I found myself cringing while reading the details of how they prepare/d the bodies. One would wind up in a hospital somewhere here if they were to rub the deceased's body fat through their hair and on their skin here. For these people, it is a way to transfer the strength from the dead t7o the living.
Even mentioning using the leftover body fat for cooking oil here is beyond taboo.
In the next stage, the corpse’s eyes, mouth and anus are sewn shut, in order to reduce air intake and prevent the rotting of the flesh. This is believed to be the key step that ensures the mummies are perfectly preserved for centuries ahead. The soles of the feet, the tongue, and the palms are also sliced off and presented to the surviving spouse. The remains of the corpse are then tossed into a communal fire pit and smoke cured.
Once thoroughly smoked, the mummy is coated in clay and red ocher, which act as a natural cocoon, protecting the body from decay and scavengers. The process is now complete and the mummy is ready to go on display. Anga men, women and even babies are mummified using the same method; mummies dating back at least 200 years can still be found in the Morobe Highlands today. During celebrations and events, the mummies might be brought down from the cliffs, only to be returned soon after.
I can only imagine the trial and effort many cultures went through to find their preferred process of mummification. Using nothing high tech, they managed to find a simple, natural way to preserve the bodies of their dead. It's amazing that mummies can be found in such excellent condition after having centuries pass. These people still have mummies that are centuries old on display in their village.
The Anga mummification process can be a scary thing for people who don’t understand what the ritual is about. In fact, the curing was banned in 1975, when Papua New Guinea gained its independence. Today, many tribes perform Christian burials, and only a few tribes in remote pockets still prefer to mummify their dead.
It is definitely cringeworthy and I have to keep reminding myself that my way is not their way and visa versa. It's only cringeworthy because I picked up the idea that it is. I am sure our ways would have them cringing and wondering why we treat our deceased with such disrespect. Or why we hide them away instead of celebrating them.
I just thought it was an interesting topic. Hopefully a few of you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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originally posted by: Meee32
Its like in japan they keep a room for their dead family members complete with ashes... If you were to visit the highest honer is for them to let you sleep in that room... Noice... lol
But yeah dragging your corpses down for a party is a bit hmmmmm lol
originally posted by: Hilux1996
a reply to: Hilux1996
Just remembered what that stuff they chewed was called. 'Beutal Nut'.
I think that's how it is spelled. I wonder if the corpses were covered in the stuff to give the red colour.