January 24, 2008

Crocodile - A spiritual animal for Sepik People

You may find many crocodile artifacts while in Sepik river and wonder why.
Many Sepik people of Papua New Guinea beleive that they have originated from Crocodiles.
It is told that a woman who married a crocodile had children with features of half crocodile and half human. And so today a crocodile is spiritual animal to many Sepik people; in some part of Sepik there is a initiation ceremony still alive where young men gets their bodies cut to a crocodile-like skin.
Crocodile means many to Sepik people - is an ancestor, a guard and a symbol of strength etc..
And it also tastes good - a chicken like meat, little bit strong,but without smell.
You want to try next time ?

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