Why does the flying fox laugh? – short story from Sepik

Why does the flying fox laugh?

Miwoia (gecko) gets underneath the limbun’s skin (palm tree), when it’s dry, and leaves marks.
If you remove the bark, you can see them!
The marks are writing. Miwoia writes to apkwas (flying fox). When apkwas is reading it, it erupts in laughter. The flying fox is laughing, it must be that gecko is writing something funny.
Sometimes gecko knows how to draw the dick and the bolls of apkwas. When seeing them, apkwas loughs.
Gecko is a joker!

A Kwoma story, told by a few men from Tongujam, Blek Wara, Sepik River.

apkwas – flying fox spirit, painting on sago bark, by Maukos, Wani Clan, a Kwoma artist from Tongujam. The painting is part of Haus Tambaran (spirts’ house) Yaukam, of Gusem Clan, from Tongujam. (Gusem – The Eagle is a subclan of Wani – The Pig)

miwoia - geko, painting by Maukos, Wani Clan, a Kwoma artist from Tongujam, Blek Wara, Sepik River

miwoia – geko, painting by Maukos, Wani Clan, a Kwoma artist from Tongujam, Blek Wara, Sepik River

miwoia - geko spirit, painting by Maukos, Wani Clan, a Kwoma artist from Tongujam. Blek Wara, Sepik River

miwoia – geko spirit, painting by Maukos, Wani Clan, a Kwoma artist from Tongujam. Blek Wara, Sepik River

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