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Contemporary traditional asmat_culture_part_2

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  • 1. Contemporary Traditional Asmat Culture, part 2 by Daniel Tejashun 2/8/2012 Period 4 Culture and Geograpghy
  • 2. According to the Asmat tradition Fumeripits was the first being to exist on earth, and he also created the first men's ceremonial house called jeu. 
  • 3. Fumeripits would spend his days dancing along the beach, but after awhile grew tired of being alone 
  • 4. so he chopped down a number of trees, carved them into human figures, and placed them inside the jeu
  • 5. however, since the sculptures were inanimate, fumeripits was still unhappy. He then decided to create a drum, and chopped down another tree, hollowed out the center, and stretched a piece of lizard skin over the top
  • 6. As he began to play the drum, the human figures miraculously came to life, their elbows came unstuck from their knees and they began to dance.
  • 7. This is how fumeripits made people from trees. And the first people were Asmat

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