Papua: Truth and myths

Papua: Truth and myths

Before gaining independence in 1975, the exotic nation of Papua New Guinea was one considered of the most remote and distant places in the world, far removed from the colonial powers that ruled it. The island terrain is often impassible with thick impenetrable rain-forest covering vast tracts foreboding mountain ranges. Even today its inhabitants tend not to travel far from the villages where they were born, horror stories are told of the people who live far away. The physical barriers are one reason, but terrifying ancient myths are powerful too. With the discovery of Oil, westerners moved in and often take the island’s legends seriously. White workers are warned of the dangers of mixing with locals but some are prepared to take a chance, and have been pleasantly surprised. The Myths may make exciting stories but RT roams the Island in search of truth.

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