Tradition of Cutting off Fingers in Papua

Categories: Art and Culture, Papua Island

An extreme tradition preserved until today in Papua is cutting off fingers. The tradition is obligatory as a symbol of pain by losing a relative. The tradition is done by mothers, but it is also done by husbands in case the deceased wife does not have parents. The cutting off is done using a knife or an ax. Another way is by binding the finger until the blood stream stops then cutting it off. In addition to it, the mourning people who lose their relatives must also do mud bath as a symbol of that every living one will go back to nature when s/he dies.

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