Asaro

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Asaro

A number of different indigenous groups have lived scattered across the highland plateau for 1000 years, in small agrarian clans, isolated by the harsh terrain and divided by language, custom and tradition. The legendary Asaro Mudmen first met with the Western world in the middle of the 20th century.

“Knowledge is only rumour until it is in the muscle"

Legend has it that the Asaro Mudmen were forced to flee from an enemy into the Asaro River where they waited until dusk to escape. The enemy saw them rise from the banks covered in mud and thought they were spirits. The Asaro still apply mud and masks to keep the illusion alive and terrify other indigenous groups.

Asaro Mudmen, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Jimmy Nelson, 2010 John Namaneho, Jim Aruwe, Sen Puro, Tatus Parokowe, David Michael, Steven Po, Henry Lucky, Miano Rowen, Jimick Aki, Like Apio, Mai Ape, Koibu Mark, Asaro Mudmen, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Jimmy Nelson, 2010 Asaro Mudmen, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Jimmy Nelson, 2010