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Maria-Josette Orsto Japajapunga: Miyinga


Details

  • No.:RK1589
  • Medium:Natural Ochres on Cotton
  • Size:100 × 150 cm
  • Year:2018
  • Region:Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre:Munupi Arts
  • Status:

In the olden days men used to scar themselves for their promised wife, for the first promised wife they would scar themselves across their chest. When they wanted a second wife (they were usually young women who were just becoming mature) they would hide them in a paperbark hut so no other man would steal them. The men would scar themselves with V shape on the chest. This scaring was called minga and was usually done at the kulama ceremony.


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