A traditional ceremony was done to us or better to our feet – “The feet washing ceremony” to keep away the bad spirits we might have brought from overseas.
Our feet were washed and we got leave necklaces. This was done by somebody who works with the Bougainville Traditional Health Centre – that means somebody who is capable to do the right thing to us and our feet. Since this time we are now “clean” and nothing bad can happen to us any longer.
After this we were also allowed and invited to see the different plants which are used by the Bougainvillians for centuries to cure all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. Amina found out that there are quite a number of them (the same or similar ones) which are even growing in her country but might not be used for the same purposes.