One of the most spectacular objects in the museum is the cult house of the Abelam from Papua New Guinea. With its almost 17 meters, it reaches from the second floor to the roof. On each level, the fascinating ancestral faces and spirit beings on the facade can be admired from different perspectives. From which mythological landscape does it originate? To which social structure does it belong? The artist, architect and ethnologist Michael Hirschbichler is considered to be the expert on such cult houses. He has published a comprehensive work on the subject entitled "Mythical Constructions". He talks about his research in Papua New Guinea and looks at the cult house in the museum with new insights.
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