Welcome to Maprik Area
There isn’t much to Maprik. There is a market, post office, two churches, a couple of shops selling the bare essentials and that’s about it. The town has little to draw travellers but it’s the logical base to explore the Prince Alexander Mountains and nearby Abelam villages notable for their yam cults, yam harvest celebrations in July/August, carvings and decorations. You’ll also find striking, forward-leaning haus tambarans (spirit houses). The front facade of a Maprik haus tambaran is usually brightly painted in browns, ochres, whites and blacks, and in some cases can reach 30m high. The low, tunnel-like entrance at the front is reserved for ceremonies, so if visiting, you’ll be asked to enter by a door at the back.
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