contemporary traditional as mat culture part2 the asmat creation story fumeripits creation people from trees julio sifuentes 2/2/12 p:6 culture and geography
According to asmat tradition fumeripits wass the first being to exist on earth and he also created the first mens ceremoniaal hous called a jeu.
Fumeripits would spendhis days dancing along the beach after a while grew tired of being alone.
So he chopped down a number of trees carved them into human figures and placed them inside the jeu
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 strtched a piece of lizard skin over the top
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
This is how fumeripits made people trees and the first people were asmat
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