Mama Baharu & Mama Maus

Kwalakesi Village, W.N.B.P
Kurkuru (native dove) Clan

In every village in PNG there are women like sisters Baharu & Maus . These women possess a special Skill which has been passed down from generation to generation. This skill has been perfected to secure the continuality of the clan, their bloodline, along with their culture, tradition and language, by safely delivering into the world their next generation.

Fondly nicknamed Mama Baharu, meaning “widow” Baharu has delivered many babies including whole families from mother to children to grand children with the help of her younger sister Maus.

Together they follow a special ritual which was taught to them by their mother, a little song they quietly sing to the baby to coax her out and insure a safe delivery.

“Bureki mapatili, e baby mapatili” she sings while gently pressing the expectant mother’s belly. “Baby turn your head upside down like a (sleeping) flying fox”

“Ekibelube lamatala baby, lube” Baby come first release the rope (umbilical cord) and come first.

While tenderly patting the pregnant woman’s back she sings the last verse “Ekoko Saraka baby,Saraka” “be like a slippery eel and slide baby”

This is the same song that was sung to both sisters as babies waiting to be born into this world. A song sung long ago by their tumbunas (ancestors) that will continue to be taught and sung to the next generations.

Sister Baharu & Maus

Sister Baharu & Maus

Mama Baharu

Mama Baharu

Some of the Children they have delivered

Some of the Children they have delivered

Mama Baharu Scraping Bau( Cassava/Tapioka)

Mama Baharu Scraping Bau( Cassava/Tapioka)

mama Baharu - 2
MEri Buka


3 thoughts on “Mama Baharu & Mama Maus

  1. Dorcas Emmanuel says:

    AMAZING stories Nett, love the photographs as well, really brings out the true PNG side. xoxoxox KEEP IT GOING… 😉

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