Sunday, November 13, 2011
While these are not exactly Jewish tribesmen singing Sh'ma Yisrael in Hebrew in Papua New Guinea (they're tribesmen taught by Christian missionaries), we thought this video would be an interesting addition to our collection of Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places.
Papua New Guinea has been associated with mudmen, cannibals, and headhunters for many years, but we understand that these practices have been practically eliminated there. Still, a large majority of the residents are illiterate.
A Jewish convert to Christianity evidently remembered the words and melody of Sh'ma Yisrael and the sentence Baruch Shem K'vod Malchuto L'olam Va'ed and taught them to the members of this picturesque group, who repeated them with relish. Enjoy!
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(A tip of the kippah to Aliza Kwiat for bringing this video to our attention)