Tsembaga Maring tribe

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Not to be confused with Maring Naga.

Tsembaga Maring are a group of horticulturists who live in the highlands of New Guinea. They have been extensively studied by ethnographers, the foremost of which is Roy Rappaport.



Rappaport conducted research on the Maring in the 1960s, publishing his work in a book entitled Pigs for the Ancestors.


The Maring are known for a special pattern of farming, hoarding of pigs, and warfare. Warfare usually proceeds after a ritual pig feast, known as kaiko.

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