REGION: Oceania
COUNTRY: Micronesia, Fed. States of
VALUE: 50 cents

This stamp, issued in 1984 by the Federated States of Micronesia, depicts a tapuanu mask danced by the Soutapuana Secret Society of the Nomoi Islands during ceremonies to protect the village and its breadfruit trees from natural disasters. The tapuanu represents a protective ancestor spirit that can also frighten away ghosts that steal food.