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Yamok Village

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Yamok Village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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[Birds with man: 21k]

Figures 1 and 2: Samban carvings of ancestor figures encircled by totems of guardian wildlife. Valuables and ritual objects are hung on the samban for protection and power.

Yamok is several hours walk off the Sepik. The men carve a bird (subut) from their creation story.

[Woman in circle with fish: 10k]

In the beginning, the Yamoks say everything was fluid. A crocodile raped a woman form, but the bird pulled the woman away from the clutches of the crocodile and flew her away to the safety of the grass country. She laid two eggs, which the bird helped her tend. When they hatched, one was a human form. The other was a crocodile man (kombiomo) who now lives in the barets (channels) and raunwaras (oxbow lakes) between Yamok and Korogo. The kombiomo is more likely to be evil than kind.

Woman are said to hold the knowledge of the people, while men hold the power. The carving of a woman inside a power circle is protective, keeping the poison of sorcerers and other evil away.

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Browse Sepik River villages - Middle Sepik: Aibom | Chambri Lakes | Kamindimbit | Kandangai | Kanganaman | Koiwat and Kamangauwi | Korogo | Mindimbit | Mumeri | Palambei | Tambanum | Yamok | Yentchan | Yenichenmangua | see also Karawari and Blackwater Rvs | above Pagwi: Ambunti Mtns (Waskuk) | Hunstein | Japandai | near Angoram and below: Angoram | Imbando and Taway | Kambaramba | see also Ramu Rv

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