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‘Bakar batu’: A gestaltist dance

  • The Jakarta Post

| Sat, March 23 2013 | 02:57 pm
‘Bakar batu’: A gestaltist dance

PREMIUM Rolling the stones: Yonggime village women and men place hot stones on a pit covered by grass and leaves to prepare their earth oven.A crackling fire heats a pile of rocks in a village in Baliem Valley under the Jayawijaya mountain range. The Lani people in Yonggime village are getting ready for a feast.

Bakar batu (rock burning) is an age old ritual in Papuan tribes. The indigenous Papuans...