In the nest of the crocodiles
Papua New Guinea is arguably one of the most unexplored countries in the world. Around 800 indigenous tribes, with just as many different languages, live mostly isolated from the outside world in the bush, swamp or in the highlands. Since most of the people are self-sufficient, everyday life is characterized by food procurement and maintenance work on the villages. Since there are enough natural resources in the various areas of life, an active barter trade is carried out.
In the middle of the more than 1000 kilometers long, serpentine river Sepik, the village Kandinge stands with its houses on stilts. Much has changed over the past few years, but people stuck to their lifestyle and culture.
The men who I like to call the crocodile people live in Kandinge. Because in order to get a crocodile-like skin, the young men have their upper bodies scarified in a ceremony lasting several weeks. This initiation rite, which is repeated every few years, is intended to give them the strength they need for their future life.
After several months of visits, I was adopted into this community and integrated into their daily life. The report shows life in the village, the hunting of crocodiles in the swamp and the initiation rite in the men's house.