Tolai

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Tolai

The Tolais, meaning ‘friend’, mainly live around Kokopo on the smaller island of East New Britain. They believe in Christianity, which missionaries brought to the islands fairly recently. As well as following the Kuanua, the translated Christian Bible, they also maintain their own traditional spirits and beliefs.

The Duk-Duk are considered to be the most powerful spirits and are feared within the community.

The Tolai community is particularly well known for its Duk-Duk dancers. The National Mask Festival is held each year, and it offers the perfect opportunity for the Duk-Duk to show off their dancing skills while wearing impressive masks to disguise themselves as male and female spirits.

 

 

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