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“Vanuatu, the Pig Islands”

Jean-Pierre Rivalain (Frankreich) - 52 min

Thursday, 13. Nov. 2008 from 14:00 in Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal       

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on the islands of Vanuatu, humans have a fascination for a particular animal. Sacred stones honour its memory… Drums announce its presence… Dances and chants celebrate its glory… It embodies wealth, it is at the centre of their traditions… For centuries, the people of Vanuatu have venerated it… Rejected in many countries, here the pig has the status of a family pet but also of a totemic animal. Its great value makes it an animal of sacrifice. It is at the center of ancestral rituals. Today, these rituals are threatened by the dominant religions and modernity. For 30 years, the English anthropologist Kirk Huffman has battled to make these traditions known and to preserve them. By virtue of his convictions and his determination, he has become one of the rare outsiders to receive instruction in the customs of Vanuatu.