East New Britain is famous for the spectacular Baining Fire Dancers. The men wear huge tapa cloth (paper bark) masks, which have large beak-like mouths and wide eyes, and they dance in and out of a huge fire of burning coals.
The ceremonies are always held at night to add to the atmosphere.
You can hire them for special occasions and the resort next door sometimes has them for the tourists on the tour ships that come through here.
These photos were taken by my friend Geoff – I was too busy running around negotiating with the manager on a price to buy a mask to add to my collection – it was very reasonable I might add.