Asaro Mudmen

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Asaro village, northwest of Goroka, is famous for its mudmen – warriors who traditionally covered themselves in grey mud and wore huge mud masks before heading off on raids. It’s a very striking image, best witnessed in a village setting rather than one of the big shows. The Asaro men re-create the scene for tourists; the number of mudmen in direct proportion to the number of kina-paying tourists. Local tour companies can arrange mudmen tours.