An ancient tribe in Papua Guinea where villagers mummify their ancestors with SMOKE and preserve their remains for hundreds of years.

Remarkable pictures have surfaced of the village of Wogi in Wamena in West Papua, an island in the centre of Papua New Guinea where mummification has been a means of preserving love ones.



The indigenous tribe, who live in a remote area of the Papuan central highlands, used to preserve their ancestors by smoking their bodies, which kept them in a near-perfect state for hundreds of years.



Interestingly the smoking mummification is no longer practiced, but the Dani tribes people still preserve a number of mummies as a symbol of their highest respect for their ancestors.

Tourists from around the world in recent years have flocked the Dani tribe,  with some villages even showing their original customs and holding mock wars.




These remarkable tribes of Baliem Valley, the Dani, Lani and Yali, were discovered accidentally by American zoologist and philanthropist Richard Archbold, while on a zoological expedition to New Guinea in 1938.


The women wear skirts made from woven orchid fibres decorated with straw and woven bags, worn from the head, named ‘noken’.


 In the Dani tribe, the men wear distinctive tribal attire, including face paint, feathers, animal bones and intricate penis sheaths named Koteka.


Photo Credit: Daily Mail.


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