These Remote Papua New Guinean Tribespeople Transform Themselves Into Skeleton Warriors

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A theatrical-looking group of Chimbu skeleton dancers
Image: Ricard Viñals (Kaobanga)

Today, though, protection has taken a back seat to monetary concerns, such that it is becoming increasingly normal for Chimbu families to live together under one roof. Their homes are also likely to be situated close to coffee plantations – a primary source of income for many.

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Chimbu skeleton dancers
Image: Otto Vaessen

Furthermore, despite the influence of the Australian government many years ago and the arrival of tourists to their region in the present day, the Chimbu people continue to pursue time-honored customs and traditions – including that skeleton dance, with the fearsome, slightly macabre body paint that accompanies it.

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