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The Asaro Mudmen, also known as the Holosa, come from just outside the village of Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.

Creation legend

Legend is that they were defeated by an enemy tribe and forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. The enemy saw them rise from the muddy banks covered in mud and thought they were spirits. Most tribes in Papua New Guinea are very afraid of spirits, so the enemy fled in fear, and the Asaro escaped.They then went into the village to see what had happened, not knowing the enemy tribesmen were still there. The enemy were so terrified they ran back to their village and held a special ceremony to ward off the spirits.

The Asaro Mudmen could not cover their faces because legends say that the people of Papua New Guinea thought that the mud from the Asaro river was poisonous. So instead of covering their faces with this alleged poison, they made masks from pebbles that they heated and water from the waterfall.The masks have unusual designs, such as long or very short ears either going down to the chin or sticking up at the top, long joined eyebrows attached to the top of the ears, horns and sideways mouths.

They perform every year 16th September celebrating the county’s independence day or other festival show events.

Independence Day in Papua New Guinea is celebrated on September 16. This public holiday commemorates the country’s independence from Australia in 1975.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is located in Oceania. Throughout its history, it was ruled by three countries: Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia. The Colony of German New Guinea was established in 1884, it comprised the northeastern part of the island of New Guinea. The rest of the island was a British protectorate.

In 1902, the UK placed British New Guinea under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia. German New Guinea was seized by Australia during the First World War. In 1920, the League of Nations created the Territory of New Guinea and granted Australia a mandate for governing it.

After WWII, the Territory of Papua merged with New Guinea, forming the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. In 1971, it was renamed Papua New Guinea. Two years later, PNG became self-governing. It was granted full independence on September 16, 1975.

PNG Independence Day is marked across the country with flag hoisting ceremonies, official speeches, folk singing and dancing, craft fairs, canoe races, and other events and activities. The main ceremony is held at Independence Hill in the capital city of Port Moresby followed by the famous Hiri Moale festival

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