This time Bruce wants a taste of life with the Kombai, a Papuan tribe. They are so remote it proves an adventure in itself, even with a local guide, just to find and approach them in the ... See full summary »

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This time Bruce wants a taste of life with the Kombai, a Papuan tribe. They are so remote it proves an adventure in itself, even with a local guide, just to find and approach them in the vast, largely unspoiled forests of New Guinea. The men go naked except for a penis-cover, which is applied after a bewildering penis-inversion, and go on long hunting and gathering trips. They live in dizzying high, self-made tree houses, once a useful protection against headhunters from the south. In their tradition, cannibalism is practiced only as ultimate punishment for khakhua-kuma, evil human 'soul-eaters'. There is no metal, all tools are still made from wood and stone. Their staple food is sago, to Bruce's Western taste inedibly dry but easily available in the wood, leaving them lots of spare time. The favorite food are wild pigs and, for special celebrations, bred pigs; as delicious as those taste to the Westerner, so disgusting seems their smaller treat, fattened grubs, a smaller kind is put... Written by KGF Vissers

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