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“Interesting but harassing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Mummy of Jiwika

Mummy of Jiwika
Jiwika, Wamena, Indonesia
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Wamena
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Sentani
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Interesting but harassing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is the second visit, the first being several years prior. You approach this small traditional Dani village of smoke stained grass huts. You can tell this is a tourist attraction by the unusually large prepared surface parking lot. Lots of smiles welcome the group. Once inside the compound you see many traditional grass-skirted only women and children and several dani men covered in black pig fat wearing the highland "Koteka" or penis gourd. Yes, that all they wear. A small group of women on the left approaching invite you to buy their beeds etc. Once the mummy arrives you have seen it all. He is brought out into the open sitting on a small stool, blackened by fire apparently about 400 years ago, but who knows? He is very old. As a professional photographer it was impossible not to lift your camera to take it all in. But beware! The cost per shot is wildly contrived "after" shooting. I speak Indonesian and even with a local friend from a nearby village the mood dramatically changed after photographs. It was agreed upon 20,000IDR per photo. No, they ment 20k per shot, per person (and there were 20 in the group). After payment the men demanded payment to them and a different fee for the mummy family. It took some further negotiations and more money to leave. All said and done I paid about 500,000IDR (47 USD). I believe there is a price hike depending on how professional you are perceived of a photographer? My recommendations; leave that fancy DLSR in the bag any you will get all you want with your Samsung or IPhone. Don't get me wrong, I'll about helping the poor and I am a generous person, but the whole experience was soured by fees that keep changing after payment and after agreement. A bit of a scam that I would miss next time.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Interesting experience of Dani culture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Be careful taking pictures of people if you are not buying things from them or have not agreed on a price for taking a photo. Also bring 2 packs of cigarettes. You can hand them one by one to the villagers. The place is practically in Wamena and the drive was very short. Very much worth visiting.

Visited May 2014
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Luang Prabang
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Jiwika was the first local village we visited and it was an interesting but also odd experience.The mummy is amazing to see but be careful to make it clear with the locals how much you pay and for what. We had an agreement to be able to take pictures but then they backtracked and said that it was only pictures of the mummy - i.e. not of the village or surroundings. For that, they wanted additional 10,000 per photo.

Visited February 2014
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Makassar, Indonesia
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11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Interestingly mystical story of the mummy, but I love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Actually, I came to see the Mummy when I was just a little girl with my family. My father was posted to Wamena for his work and I came to visit occasionally. It was scary at first, because I was just a little girl, but then I got used to it because I went to see the Mummy a few times after, which is totally cool. My family would sit in front of one of the 'honai' (traditional house made of woods with haystack roof) and listen to the locals talk about their everyday life, they're pretty materialistic but super friendly. Pig is the most sacred animal in Papua, especially in Wamena. There's a saying that it's better to run over human than pigs.
I love the place and the story behind the mummy, very mystical and unique.
I can never get enough of visiting Wamena to see the mummy and talk to the lovely locals.

Visited March 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A closer look to indigenous tribe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The mummy is owned by one group of Dani (local tribe) family who still live in their original traditional houses. To see the mummy you need to negotiate the price first with the owner, therefore it would be better if you come with local people. Be careful if you want to take pictures of the local inhabitants who wear their traditional clothes, the price need to be agreed upon beforehand. Yet, the experience is really worth the price.

Visited January 2014
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