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THE MAE PEOPLE    HUNTER AND GATHER’S OF  NEW GUINEA’S WESTERN  HIGHLANDS
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Where are the Mae people located? Western Highlands of New Guinea, near Mount Hagen Two largest comprising ~70,000 of the Enga- Speaking Mae (to the west) Laiapu (to the east) Their territory ranges from the Mijo River to the Hagen Range a range of about 40 miles Along the slopes of the river valleys Temperature usually around 70 degrees F during the day, and 40 – 50 degrees F at night.
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Characteristics of Mae People Medium to short stature with dark brown skin and thick tattered hair Males Wear long netted apron supported by a belt Wear hat-like object on head made of white tambu shells held together by leather Wear wigs made of women's hair Carry stone or steel axe Females Wear knee- length grass apron Carry large bag of netting suspended from their foreheads Body decoration Painted arms, legs, and breasts with striped mud pattern Fiber arm bands
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Chyanggai Ritual Common plant that Mae people attach supernatural significance to Initiation rites for young men who have passed puberty and are anticipating marriage During initiation rituals it is said that the Chyanggai allows the young men to have dreams that reveal the future Enforces premarital chastity among young men Connection with murder: a murdered eats a bit of the leaf to prevent the ghost of his victim form coming after him Connection to illness: eat a piece of the root or inhale the steam from the cooked leaves as a medicine
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