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Bisj pole

A Bisj or Bis pole is a ritual artifact created and used by the Asmat people of south-western New Guinea. Bisj poles can be erected as an act of revenge, to pay homage to the ancestors, to calm the spirits of the deceased and to bring harmony and spiritual strength to the community.

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From Indonesia, Papua Province by the Asmat people. Located at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Some of them seemed at least 15 feet tall.

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