Asaro Mudmen - 2003 (page 1)

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Asaro Mudmen,

Eastern Highlands Province

The original mudmen are from Komunive, Asaro in the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. One of the original mudmen was Ruipo Okoroho. Be warned that there are imitators, some travel agents even claim to have mudmen from Mout Hagen!

The legend that surrounds the reason the mudmen appear the way they are is that they were defeated by an opposing tribe and forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. Arising from the muddy banks, the enemy saw them covered in mud and thought they were spirits / ghosts.

A friend, Hoani Hipango was able to visit the Eastern Highlands and see the famous Asaro Mudmen. Here are a few photographs that he has kindly allowed me to use them on this website. Copyright © of the photographs remains with Hoani.

Asaro Mudmen
Copyright © of the photograph remains with Hoani Hipango.

Copyright © of the above photograph remains with Hoani Hipango.

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Created 15 Sep, 2003
Updated 28 Jun, 2007

© 2003 - Trevor Michie
Photos ©2003 Hoani Hipango