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Papuan mountain tribes keep ‘roasting stone’ tradition alive

  • Male villagers prepare to hang up dead pigs to clean them. They usually clean them by burning dry leaves and smoking the pig to remove the fur and dirt. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Male villagers prepare to hang up dead pigs to clean them. They usually clean them by burning dry leaves and smoking the pig to remove the fur and dirt. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Women, colloquially called “mama mama” in Papuan, peel off tubers. The tubers will be cooked with hot stones too. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Women, colloquially called “mama mama” in Papuan, peel off tubers. The tubers will be cooked with hot stones too. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Villagers collect banana leaves for the bed of leaves in the hot stone cooking process or to wrap food. Besides banana leaves, villagers also use grass and other leaves. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Villagers collect banana leaves for the bed of leaves in the hot stone cooking process or to wrap food. Besides banana leaves, villagers also use grass and other leaves. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Residents, young and old, also collect stones to be used in the bakar batu [roasting stone] ritual. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Residents, young and old, also collect stones to be used in the bakar batu [roasting stone] ritual. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • The stones and leaves are arranged to make the cooking perfect. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    The stones and leaves are arranged to make the cooking perfect. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • A villager walks past the hot stones. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    A villager walks past the hot stones. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Men move stones with bamboo sticks. They usually bring the stones while running and singing. The women arrange the hot stones in the hole. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Men move stones with bamboo sticks. They usually bring the stones while running and singing. The women arrange the hot stones in the hole. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Various tubers are arranged for cooking. The tribes believe that one of the indications that one is a mature adult is the skill to cook the tuber perfectly. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Various tubers are arranged for cooking. The tribes believe that one of the indications that one is a mature adult is the skill to cook the tuber perfectly. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

  • Meat, tubers and vegetables from the forest are arranged on the hot stones. The topmost layer of the arrangement consist of hot stones wrapped in leaves. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

    Meat, tubers and vegetables from the forest are arranged on the hot stones. The topmost layer of the arrangement consist of hot stones wrapped in leaves. JP/ Vembri Waluyas

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