The Rabaul Mask Festival is held annually in July. During the festival, people from different parts of PNG perform their dances and show off their spectacular costumes. This year I was in bed sick and missed it!!! I went to the resort next door last night as there was to be a Mud Dance (no guys – no women in T-shirts wrestling in a pit of mud). However the dance was cancelled which was a shame. The good thing was I was able to buy a mask which I have always wanted for my collection.
The story differs, but apparently.... after retreating from their victors after a clan fight, the Asaro men (from the
The masks are made from clay and weigh a staggering 7 kg – imagine dancing with that on your head!! They are very fragile and each has a different face and personality. The only problem now is – where the hell am I going to put it!!!