Mask - Malagan
Papua New Guinea
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Used at the beginning of the final ceremony of the Malagan to commemorate the dead and to ritually remove residual taboos that were imposed during the death.
Malagan ceremonies are large, intricate traditional cultural events that take place in parts of New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea. The word malagan also refers to wooden carvings which are prepared for the ceremonies, and to an entire system of traditional culture.