Ji Mi feast • Er, 2015
Ji Mi feast â¢ Er, 2015
Zacharias Firim, a man from Er, embellished in lime dance in the jeu (longhouse) in Er celebrating the last segment of the Ji Mi, an Asmat feast signifying friendship.
This particular feast, however, was subsidised by the local government to push the Er inhabitants to run it. Unlike traditional feasts where the idea of arranging a feast comes from contact with ancestors in the spirit world, or to pacify an ancestorâs spirits, or to follow the cycle of the growth of the sago tree, this feast takes place from promised money. When the government who administered the feast came, the money promised to Er villagers were not fully brought in, leading to disappointments among the villagers.