A short flashback to an unforgettable day spent in Papua New Guinea in July last year, while on assignment covering the Rabaul Mask Festival.
The day began with a sunrise ceremony on Kokopo Beach, which signified the landing of the Tolai indigenous people on the shores of East New Britain, followed by a series of song and dance performances from all over Papua New Guinea. The dancers used feathered and painted costumes, towering headdresses and intricate, sacred masks to weave their ancient ancestral tales.
Finally, a bewitching ending to the day at Kainaguna village where I watched tribes from the Baining Mountains, dressed in grass capes and painted masks half as big as their bodies, run barefoot through a huge bonfire, chanting hypnotically and kicking the embers as they went.
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