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Vanuatu is comprised of more than 80 islands in Oceania, with 65 of the islands inhabited. More than three quarters of the population live in a rural setting, with the remainder occupying the capital of Port-Villa and Lugenville. The three largest islands of the region, Malakula, Espiritu, and Efate, house over half the population. As of 2017, Vanuatu had a population of 246,000.
The mountainous islands are covered with tropical rainforests as well as volcanoes. Mount Yasur, located on Tanna Isand, is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Eruptions were observed by Captain Cook in the 18th century and have continued ever since with explosions from the many smaller volcanic vents. It is estimated that the volcano has been active for the past 800 years!
Life continues in the shadow of the volcano, while Vanuatu inhabitants engage in small scale agriculture with the cultivation of coffee, coconuts, taro and, most importantly, yams. The yam is a vital part of Vanuatu subsistence and plays an integral part of a ritual called Nanggol that is practiced on the island of Pentecost.
Nanggol, or land-diving, takes place in April, May, or June to coincide with the annual yam harvest. Boys and men from the age of 7 on, are invited to take part of the ritual. The participants spend weeks building a wooden tower called a nagol that can reach heights of 100 feet, with platforms built onto the tower at various heights. Once the towers are complete, the boys and men of the island tie tree vines around their ankles, and leap headfirst from the platforms, resembling the sport of bungee jumping. Younger boys are not required to jump from the top and instead use the lower platforms. The jump is not successful unless the jumper touches the earth below with their back or shoulders. Nanggol not only helps to ensure a bountiful yam harvest, but also acts as a rite of passage for the boys of the island, as they prove their masculinity.
Bislama, a mixture of French and English Pidgin, is the official language of Vanuatu, spoken by 34% of the islands, though English and French are also widely spoken. There are over 100 local languages that are spoken by 63% of the population.
Bislama uses a Latin alphabet with the addition of digraphs. On the island of Pentecost, the avoiuli script is sometimes used to write Bislama. Avoiuli is derived from sand-drawing but closely corresponds to the Latin alphabet.
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