Portrait of chieftain Etul on the Rom dance area in front of a giant slit drum, Ambrym island, Fanla, Vanuatu
Etul, chief of Fanla village was around 80. He died in 2008. He was one of the most respected chief in Ambrym. The statues are very impressive. The pig teeth he's got on his chest has a great value. I have promissed to send the pics to the village...the adress is "Fanala Village, Ambrym, Vanuatu". Hope it will work!! In Ambrym, there is almost no car because there is absolutely no road. Most villages have nakamals, which are village clubhouses. They serve as a meeting point for men and…
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Helmet Mask (Temes Mbalmbal) | Southwest Malakula | The Met
This dramatic helmet mask comes from southern Malakula Island in Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides) east of Australia. Many Vanuatu peoples have complex men's secret societies, which involve a series of ritual "grades" through which individuals pass, by means of initiation rites, festivals, and pig sacrifices, in order to achieve increasing religious and social status