a sadhu lady.
a devotee of the goddess Tara , the tantric goddess kali, or shakti.
Ulul village, near Kavieng. This man is a local and traditionnal witchdoctor ( pouri pouri man, or luri luri man) who has a special power with his father: thanks to a bamboo stick, they can ask it (the bamboo) to show them the guilty man or woman of a robbery. The bamboo shows them the way and lead them to the robber!
They can also kill the guilty person with the bamboo.
Sometimes it is very far away, so they take the bus or a car with the bamboo (which is 2 meters long!).
I read that in some african countries stones have the same power.
You easily understand that when you live in kavieng, it’s a good idea to be friend with this witchdoctor!
© Eric Lafforgue
AFGHANISTAN. 1970’s to 1980’s.
© Roland and Sabrina Michaud