A spate of brutal witch-hunts has plunged parts of Papua New Guinea's highlands into a state of terror, as fearful tribes blame dark forces for their rapidly changing world. In one particularly horrifying incident, an elderly woman writhes and pleads hysterically as she is mercilessly beaten, raped and tortured on a hut floor, before her naked body -– bloodied and nearly lifeless -- is dragged outside, where a village mob beats and burns her until movement ceases. Almost everyone joins in. No one bothers to obscure their face. No one tries to stop it. The crowd believe what they are doing is right: the only way to stop a non-human sorcerer who has killed their clansman and devoured his heart. The graphic scene was captured by cell phone video that was obtained by AFP. Dozens of similar videos have been gathered as evidence by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary showing the brutal reality of modern-day witch-hunts. There have been at least 20 murders linked to sorcery … [Read more...] about Modern witch-hunts terrorise New Guinea highlands
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Kristian Rouz — Several member-states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are touting massive infrastructure investment into Papua New Guinea in wake of the organisation's summit in that country. The effort is spearheaded by the US and its allies — mainly, Australia — as they seek to counterbalance the rising influence of Mainland China in the Asia-Pacific. © AP Photo / Color ChinaAPEC Summit Focuses on US-China Trade Row, Globalisation IssuesIn an announcement on Sunday, the US, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia said they would invest $1.7 bln in the Papuan economy to help the country develop a modern electric power grid. The so-called Pacific infrastructure plan is seen as seeking to offset China's "yuan diplomacy" — amid Beijing's effort to advance its loans into regional economies to bolster its geostrategic outreach. US … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea Braces for Infrastructure Investment After APEC Summit
Sporting parrot feathers, possum pelts and seashell necklaces, dozens of people from various tribes in Papua New Guinea serenaded China's president on Friday as he opened a new Chinese-funded road in the poor Pacific Island nation. Xi Jinping unveiled a plaque marking the new "Independence Boulevard" outside Papua New Guinea's parliament, a symbolic show of the Asian giant's growing influence in the region. On the first state visit by a Chinese leader, Papua New Guinea rolled out the red carpet welcome, with a military guard of honour, beats from wooden drums and a royal gun salute. "I feel so excited about him coming and he will see new things (here). We feel proud that our country is going to develop this year," said Veldar Keiron, a 20-year-old student who was among those in parliament to welcome Xi. Papua New Guinea has already signed up to Beijing's trillion-dollar "Belt and Road Initiative" that seeks to enhance sea and land trade routes between the Middle Kingdom and Eurasia. … [Read more...] about Pelt and road: Tribal welcome for Xi in PNG
Heavy metal fans have evolved to communicate with each other like remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, a study by UCL anthropologists has found. They have rules for behaviour in the front-of-stage “mosh pit” that are passed down by “elders”, there are gift-sharing rituals at concerts and dark cathartic music, which mirror rites among Papuan tribes that have changed little in 40,000 years. Lindsay Bishop, a researcher, has spent 10 years studying heavy metal, the loud, pounding style of music that has grown from early followers of the band Black Sabbath in Birmingham into a worldwide culture with millions of fans in almost every country. Ms Bishop said her research demonstrated how fundamental were... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Heavy metal fans communicate like remote Papua New Guinea tribes, study finds
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?