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Toman Islander, Malvaxal in Vanuatu



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Naha'ai Christianity 98.00 % 44.00 % No No   

Toman Islander, Malvaxal in Vanuatu

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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.

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Country: Vanuatu
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Malampa province: south Malekula.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Toman Islander, Malvaxal
People Name General: Toman Islander
Alternate People Names:
MalfaxalMalvaxal
ROP3 Code: 110145
Joshua Project People ID: 15547
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Vanuatu
People Name General: Toman Islander
Ethnic Code: AON09c
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Language
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Primary Language: Naha'ai
Language Code (ISO): mlx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 44.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1919
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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