Toman Islander, Malvaxal in Vanuatu


Joshua Project has identified the Toman Islander only in Vanuatu

Population

710

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Eighty-two islands, strung like pearls across 800 miles of the south Pacific, comprise Vanuatu. Most of the atolls of this nation, located 1,100 miles east of Australia, are volcanic, with high mountains and rich soil.

Two legends demonstrate how traditional religion weaves together the basic worldview in this part of Vanuatu. In one, on the Banks Islands of Vanuatu, Qat, a creator god, hero and the first being, formed the islands and filled them with trees, animals and plants. Then, carving dolls from wood and dancing and singing them into life, he made humans and created day and night so they could work and then sleep.

In another legend, a creator god sprinkled the ground with his own blood and made twin brothers, To-Kabinana and To-Karvuvu, in the islands of Vanuatu and New Britain. Becoming a creator hero, To- Kabinana produced many good things, while his brother brought evil and troubles to the world.
Most Naha’ai, or Malfaxal as they are also called, revere many deities and adhere to strict rituals to maintain life’s balance. Christians show their faith through church attendance. Anyone inactive in church risks being accused of sorcery.

Between volcanic mountains, farmers raise livestock and cultivate enough vegetables and fruit to feed their families. In addition to farming, many fish and others make a livelihood in tourism.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Toman Islander
People Name in Country Toman Islander, Malvaxal
Population in Vanuatu 700
World Population 700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Malvaxal
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster Vanuatu
People Name General Toman Islander
Ethnic Code AON09c
People ID 15547
Country Vanuatu
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South Malekula.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Naha'ai
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Naha'ai
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1919)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 44.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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