I was thinking to myself, what is a Black Magic Tour, which was part of my prizewinner tour of Tanna, one of Vanuatu’s amazing island, so it was with some trepidation that I set off on the tour.
Oh, yes, there was heaps of black magic and it was really very scary at times, but what an amazing experience, highly insightful into how these people used to live, not sure if they still do or not and I suspect they do, but it was a really great information and fun tour all rolled into one.
My guide explained their Kastom beliefs and their traditional war techniques of ambushing other villages, with the tour centred around a 120 year old beautiful female banyan tree.
Amazingly it appears that the banyan tree roots grow differently and this determines it’s male or female gender – I have never thought of a tree being male or female, but you learn something new every day, with trees never seeming the same to me again, with my mind now thinking when I see trees back home if they are male or female!
The tour group participated in a traditional mock wedding and the election of a member of our tour group as the Paramount Chief, complete with traditional grass skirt dress and charcoal face paint which was great fun and very funny for everyone involved
More stories to come from Jodie from Vanuatu and Tanna, so watch out for my Vanuatu and Tanna adventures!
An on location report from Efate and Tanna, Vanuatu by Jodie Hill.