Pig Festivals

Pig Festivals

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For the Bundi people of Papua New Guinea, the Pig Festival is an event of enormous importance that encompasses dozens of social ceremonies and political events. Among other things, it is a time when tribe members must settle their debts, and it provides opportunities to trade goods. Marriage ceremonies, initiation ceremonies, bride-price payments, menstruation and courtship ceremonies also take place during the period of the Pig Festival. The kanam, a Bundi dance performance that represents the animals and birds that live in the forest, is frequently performed at pig festivals.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Papua New Guinea
1779 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Ste. 805
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-745-3680; fax: 202-745-3679
www.pngembassy.org
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 542
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