Baliem Valley : Festival a Hurl You Don’t Want to Miss

July 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Baliem Valley : Festival a Hurl You Don’t Want to Miss
Adventure Travel

The Baliem Valley Festival was first held in 1996 and since then has been established as an annual event by the Papua Provincial Tourism. It was held in the Village Wasilimo, District Kurulu, Jayawijaya, Papua about 27 km from Wamena, the capital town of the Jayawijaya Regency. More than 30 representatives from various tribe villages from around baliem valley attending and performing their culture. Foreign tourists from all over the world also gather and enjoy the show.

In the past, the tribes who live in the Baliem Valley were known as a warlike society. If there was a problem that occurred between tribes and could not be resolved, then war became final solution. But now as time goes by, that way of life had been left behind, but the war movements were preserved as one of the culture heritage to the community. The war dance is one of the most anticipated event, with scenarios to trigger war such as kidnapping, grazing invasion, infidelity, and others. Then each tribe formed a group in the middle of the field and they started to battle each other. This tribal war is only apart of attraction so it is safe for everyone.

In these performance visitors also know that these was not just some street brawl style of fight, they have strict laws of war. Some of it are both side are not allowed to deliberately attack or hurt women and children, an incredible war strategy, they have a unique defense and attack system. The performance also pumped up more adrenaline rush with their battle cry, thrusting their arrows and long spears while yelling and chanting vigorously.





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