|Location:||Papua New Guinea|
|Description:||The delicate and spectacular plumes of the birds of paradise have an almost magnetic attraction for the highlands people of Papua New Guinea. Greatly sought after as items of wealth and decoration, this feathered gold causes village men to search for it in the forests. The New Guinean men know well the life cycle and elaborate courtship behavior in which the birds use their plumes to attract prospective mates. The people see a strong parallel with their own lives. They believe that by wearing the birds' feathers in their own sacred ceremonies and dances they will gain some of the qualities they revere in the birds of paradise.|
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