Asmat drum New Guinea Drums in Asmat culture are associated with the origin of human life. They are played at all ceremonies and rituals, as well as an accompaniment to nearly all village songs, both public and private. Myths explain that man was born from wooden figures carved by a being named Fumeripits to ease his loneliness. As he drummed alone the figures came to life and became the first Asmat people.
Drums are called em, eme, im, imi, kiendo, and ta’impe.