(April 1996) All images of Vanuatu



Niri Mbwelesu


Vanuatu : Yasur, the most sacred place of the cargo's cult, in Deception Bay




Ambrym's caldeira

* Informations and images from Volcano World.

How to approach these places : each island is a closed world that wants to keep its unique originality, with its own language and customs. Some of them lie far away in the past, like Ambrym, Gaua or Ambae ; others are close to the world of the whites, like Efate, Espiritu Santo or Tanna. They were the realm of missionaries, whale hunters, people looking for sandalwood, and labour trafickers. Their difficult approach, the one-time dangerous reputation of their inhabitants, the isolation of their invisible villages hidden in the bush, have allowed these populations to keep their ancestral customs where sorcery is still present. In the villages, the cabins are low, with their walls made of bamboo branches or plaited leaves. The tasks of everyday life have not changed with the time. Pirogues allow to go from one village to another. Men are still fishing and hunting with assegais, bows or slings ! Inside some islands, away from the villages, they are still living naked. They are called secret societies. Very few foreigners dare get into their territories or walk on the footpaths that lead to them. The country is taboo. It’s still at the foot of a banyan tree that the Head of the village gives or refuses the permission to climb the volcano. If he agrees, you’ll have to drink kawa, a sign of allegiance and friendship.
                                                                                Guy de St Cyr

Personal volcac trips : Pacific ocean : Vanuatu

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