Kombai people

Kombai people

About Kombai people

The Kombai are a Papuan people of Melanesia living in the Indonesian province of Papua in Western New Guinea. The Kombai have become prominent to the outside world primarily because of their traditional tree house dwellings, which often reach heights of over 20 meters. They live adjacent to the Korowai people, who also live in tree houses, and have some similar cultural practices, but speak a different language. Pigs are equivalent to currency to the Kombai; for example, if the wife of a Kombai man were to die, the family of the woman may demand pigs as compensation. For Kombai men to marry, they first have to buy the woman from her family with necklaces made from dog's teeth.

Contributions by Reenem, Arjuna909, and Darwinek.