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The disfigured hand of a Dani woman. In Dani culture, the fingers of women are severed from the first knuckle at an early age as a tribute to family members who have died. Amuloke: "My older sister died and my mother cut them (my fingers) off when I was five years old with a sharp stone axe, all of them at once. Now I feel a bit angry with my mother because she cut them. When I see the other fingers complete, I feel bad about it. The cut fingers aren't good for holding. They don't work very well." Soroba, Baliem Valley, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. (Man Eating Bugs page 82)

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The disfigured hand of a Dani woman. In Dani culture, the fingers of women are severed from the first knuckle at an early age as a tribute to family members who have died. Amuloke: "My older sister died and my mother cut them (my fingers) off when I was five years old with a sharp stone axe, all of them at once. Now I feel a bit angry with my mother because she cut them. When I see the other fingers complete, I feel bad about it. The cut fingers aren't good for holding. They don't work very well." Soroba, Baliem Valley, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. (Man Eating Bugs page 82)