Extraordinary photos have emerged showing a tribe chief holding the perfectly mummified remains of one of his ancestors in a remote Indonesian village


Dani Tribe lives with the skeletons. Literally! Through smoke, they keep the mummies safe for hundreds of years. The tribes live in Papua west village.
They convert dead bodies into mummies and keep the mummies safe with them.

The smoking mummification is no longer practiced, but the Dani tribes people still preserve a number of mummies as a symbol of their highest respect for their ancestors


In recent years the Dani tribe has attracted tourists from around the world, with some villages even showing their original customs and holding mock wars.
Every August the Dani hold mock battles with neighbouring tribes – the Lani and Yali peoples – to celebrate the fertility and welfare of the Papua province as well as upholding ancient traditions
The tribes live in isolation, their activities are so different.

The women wear skirts made from woven orchid fibres decorated with straw and woven bags, worn from the head, named ‘noken’


The men wear distinctive tribal attire, including face paint, feathers, animal bones and intricate penis sheaths named Koteka


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