Sepik River Crocodile Men

We did the heli flight up to the Spirit house where they do the crocodile skin initiation for the men of the tribe when they turn 18 as part of a ritual hat turns them into a man.

They are cut all over their bodies with razor blades and the cuts are stuffed with mud and then they recover in the spirit houses next to the fires which we are told helps with the pain.

The net result is the scars resemble crocodile skin, hence their nick name of crocodile men.

We are so privileged to be able to witness such ceremonies first hand and the spirit houses themselves have stories all of their own…stay tuned for those stories!