Urapmin

Urapmin

About Urapmin

The Urapmin people are an ethnic group in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea. The Urapmin see themselves as players in a ritual system encompassing all of the Min peoples. The Telefol were acknowledged by the Min as being at the highest level of sacred knowledge, and groups such as the Baktaman were at the lowest level. In this ranking the Urapmin were either at the top or at least very close to the Telefolmin. They divided up peoples encountered into traditional allies (dup) and enemies (wasi), along with foreigners (ananang). The Urapmin believe motobil (nature spirits) own various animals, landscape features, and have designated certain areas as awem (taboo). Disrespectful conduct on the ground whose use the motobil permit is thought to bring illness.

Contributions by Mo-Al, Bobloki, and Dux667.