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Yakel Village: a happy tribe of… “cannibals”

Close to fire

… to the Pacifico Ocean

… surrounded by unsploit nature, in the middle of the jungle

… there’s a village called Yakel.

It’s inhabited by a reserved, welcoming, and friendly tribe whose ancestors were… cannibals.

Men only wear the Nambas, a penis sheath…

… while women wear a straw skirt.

They welcome us all together…

… and the celebration begins. With lots of hugs, they start a traditional dance.

According to many anthropologists, the last recorded cannibal killing dates back to 1969.

Our ancestors would dig a hole in the ground, put hot stones in it, cut up the person into pieces and put those on top.

They added some yams, taro, more hot stones, and coveres it with banana leaves to keep the steam in.

Standard baking time was from three to five hours. The chief of the village always ate the victim’s head.

They killed and ate people who stole their women or that were captured after a fight. But they don’t do that anymore.

According to a survey carried out in 2006, the inhabitants of Vanuatu turned out to be the happinest people on the planet.

There are over 100 local languages: it’s the most linguistically diverse country in the world.

They live in thatched huts, some are built on trees.

When strangers come to the village, they set up a street market in the main square.

The children take care of it by selling utensils.

There are lots of children. They are the strength of the tribe. Their purpose is to continue their traditions. They love to dance.

“Our village prays when the sun sets, when all the birds and people are asleep and there is no more noise. In our worshipping we pray for our crops, like tropical fruit, to grow well. We pray for the sun and rain to come and make everything grow in the best way possible”.

“We do many ceremonies in which we all dance together, and at the end of the season we have a very big ceremony”.



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