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Meet The Tribe That Women Cut Their Figures When Their Loved One Dies

In a remote part of Papua and Western New Guinea, members of the Dani tribe chop their fingers as part of their cultural traditions. When a member of the Dani tribe lost a loved one, they would cut off a part of one of their fingers as a sign of respect. The procedure begins by tying the top half of the fingers together for a few minutes. This renders the top half of the fingers completely numb and prevents blood circulation in that region, which results in less pain.

It is believed that cutting one's fingers was a way to appease and ward off the spirits of ancestral ghosts that still lingered around the village. This belief stems from the fact that finger cutting was common practice. They see the interlocking of their fingers as a sign of solidarity and fortitude. The indigenes linked its functions to those of a tightly knit family group, likening it to the way the fingers of a hand work together despite differences in their lengths. To ward off evil spirits, the figures are hacked to pieces as an act of sacrifice. This task is carried out, for the most part, by the women of this tribe; however, some of the more senior men are also participating.

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Dani Papua Western New Guinea


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