Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Meet the Korowai Tribe of Papua New Guinea That Feeds On Human Beings.


 The Korowai Tribe are a fascinating tribe only recently discovered in Papua New Guinea.One of the most remarkable engineering feats of the isolated and primitive tribe is their ability to construct great treehouse which sit 140-feet high in the jungles.

Culture trip

 The treehouse are constructed and placed on stilts, which were designed to protect the members from rival villages. These basic structures are only accessed by wooden ladders, placed up against the stilts to reach the top.

Papua New Guinea is one of the countries in the world where it is no secret cannibalism has been practiced in the past, and up until quite recently. The Korowai tribe is one of the last known tribes in the world to have been cannibals. Because of the Korowai belief in evil spirits, it was necessary to kill and eat a person they believed had been taken over by a khakua, or demon.

Witchcraft still plays a major part of the Korowai belief system. While Christian missionaries have been living in the area since the late 1970s, and have successfully converted some Korowai to Christianity, many are reluctant to give up their traditional spiritual views.

Demons are real, and any fatal illness is more likely to be blamed on evil spirits rather than an infectious disease reaching an unvaccinated community. The Korowai believe in the spirits of their ancestors and believe in a form of reincarnation and have many rituals, magical phrases and traditions.

Without any western technology or infrastructure, hunting is done in a more primitive manner — with a bow and arrow. These tools are not only used for hunting animals, but also to hunt down other people, intruders from rival clans or unwelcome foreigners. The bow has a barb on it and this will be pointed at outsiders until they have established peace.

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