Papua New Guinea - Masks

Used in the initiation ceremonies of boyhood to manhood, masks which represent the spirits of totemic names. They are attached to conical dance costumes and festooned with feathers, leaves and small ornaments. The elder who uses the mask becomes a spirit teacher. It should be noted that few masks are worn directly over the face, a fact made obvious by the lack of eye-holes; they are mostly mask forms of ancestor/ spirit boards. The most powerful masks are called savi and have their tongues stuck out  in defiance of clan enemies and evil spirits.