Home to an estimated 7000 cultural groups, Papua New Guinea is a place where tribal customs and beliefs run deep. The remote terrain and relatively recent colonisation means many regions are still fiercely connected to traditions that stretch back thousands of years.

Here’s an insight into some of the most famous cultures of PNG and the customs and beliefs that shape them.

The Asaro Mud Men

Decked out in masks with elongated fingernails and painted a ghastly shade of white, the Asaro Mud Men conjure a spirit-like image destined to inspire fear. That’s exactly the picture they are looking to present as they offer an insight into a tradition that has its roots in tribal warfare.

The Asaro are world-renowned for their masks and body paint, but according to legends, this was an intimidating attire discovered by chance.

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