Just thought I provide a little information on this glorious Easter Sunday about one of the most fascinating countries in the world.
Vanuatu is a collection of about 80 islands and is located about 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia. The first Europeans to visit the islands were the members of a Spanish Expedition led by Fernandes de Queiros in 1605. In 1774, Captain Cook named the islands, New Hebrides. This name stood until independence in July of 1980. The official languages are Bislama, English and French. Bislama is a pidgin language which combines a typically Melanesian grammar with an English vocabulary.
Vanuatu had many missionary visits in the 19th century. Today, Christianity is the predominant religion. The largest denomination is Presbyterian, followed by Roman Catholic and Anglican. Interestingly, Vanuatu is also the home of several cargo cults. The famous John Frum cult on the island of Tanna is, perhaps, the largest of them all. We’ll talk more about this unusual group in more detail in the next Vanuatu post.
Slit drums of Vanuatu
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