Papua New Guinea
How many people can a bat feed?
Marcus Paringu from Papua New Guinea has a translucent red smile that reveals teeth blackened by many years of chewing betel nut. As darkness falls, he begins his night watch. Sitting on a stool, he periodically glances upwards into the darkness. “A bat with rice can feed 12 people,” he says.
Birds of paradise on his head
I am standing in a field just outside Mount Hagen, a town nestled in the lush Wahgi Valley some 1,500 meters up in the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Tradition remains a vital part of everyday life
Hello Papua New Guinea, part of the world's second-biggest island where some 850 different languages help make it the most culturally diverse place on earth. At the Sing-sing in Mount Hagen, 50 different clans share their culture and colorful costumes with tourists once a year but, deep in the heart of the country, tradition remains a vital part of everyday life.