Jakarta. The Baliem Valley Cultural Festival in Jayawijaya, Papua, broke the world record for the number of most wooden spears, or sege, thrown by warriors on Tuesday (08/08).
According to the Ministry of Tourism, 50,000 visitors witnessed the record breaking by 1,359 men throwing the sege amid loud cheers from the audience.
Jayawijaya tourism agency head Alpius Wetipo expressed his hope that with the record, the wooden weapon — 2.5 meters long and of a diameter not more than seven centimeters — will become known internationally.
Although traditionally painted black, the spears are sometimes colored. In the past they would be covered with poison.
Several government officials, including Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, Regional Military Command chief Maj. Gen. George Elnadus Supit, Jayawijaya district deputy head John Banua, Hari Untoro Drajat of the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Swiss Ambassador also took part in the spear throwing event.
Themed "The Art of War," the festival ends on Friday (11/08).