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Kaiamunu

by Micha F. Lindemans
A demon in the folk belief of the people in the Purari Delta (New Guinea). He plays a big part in the initiation ceremonies for boys, whom he is supposed to swallow and then regurgitate to life. He is represented as a kind of wickerwork image.

The long-houses belonging to the men of the tribe seem to reflect the shape of Kaiamunu's image.


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  • Also known as:
    Kaiemunu

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