Dances in Sepik River

The women of the Sepik dance to the rhythm of the drums in a ritual of invocation to their protective gods.

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The Sepik is a river of more than a thousand kilometers in length that runs to the North of New Guinea. In this area live the women and men of the crocodile tribe. The river is plagued with crocodiles and their entire life revolves around them from their origins. They live in houses called tambaram and are usually in the center of the village, far from the floodwaters of the river. The ornaments and drawings represent gods, prophecies and everyday scenes.
Within these houses men invoke the spirits through magic and ritual music.
Tambaram is a men thing. Women and the uninitiated do not allow them to enter.

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