Tribe dying for their cows

“This photograph is of the initiation. When I was initiated, they hit me a little bit with a stick — hitting is an important part of the ceremony as it serves as a warning not to reveal the secrets of the Nyau.

“They removed the fabric and started dancing and I danced with them. We danced the whole night, then they took me to their hidden place — the cemetery. They told me, ‘Now, you’re Nyau.’ They gave me my own mask and costume and started to teach me how to dance.”

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