Marine Beast Terrified the Locals in Ancient Myth.

By: Wendy Stenberg-tendys Dr.
Vanuatu is a series of isolated tropical islands inhabited by a peoplewho have passed down stories and tradition in oral form for manygenerations, keeping alive their traditions and culture.On the island of Ambrym there is a large rock, named Pouviaserole. Thelocals say it was a monster that once was the guardian of the sacredOlal Bay. According to tradition Pouviaserole, or Guardian, was a huge beast withthe appearance of something between a savage dog and a wild boar. Inthe middle of its head there was a large horn.Swimming in the beautiful tepid waters of the tropical island, childrenfrom the nearby villages were unaware that the innocent looking log wasreally Pouviaserole on the beach. The log became an object of fun as the children would throw it into theocean and laugh as they watched it drift back onto the beach.Pouviaserole would suddenly transform itself into the enormous monsterit really was and pounce on the terrified children. A tasty meal ofchildren was just what Pouviaserole was after. His belly filled with children and undetected, the beast would slinkback into its lair which was concealed underwater. It would hideundetected for many months, until it would once again repeat thedeception.The Chieftan of the local Village finally declared the beach taboo.That area of the ocean was off limits to the children of theneighbouring village.Pouviaserole realised after some time, that there were no more childrenvisiting and went to the village looking for them.

Slithering along itlicked its lips in anticipation of the coming feast. A child, the strongest and most becoming of the village, ran to wherePouviaserole lay as a log. Suddenly the monster snatched the child inits ugly mouth. It so happened that this boy was the Chieftan's son.The Chief enraged with grief, declared revenge on the guardian of thesacred bay. The men of the village were ordered to hide themselves inthe surrounding bush of the beach.One child had not satisfied the hunger of the beast. He needed more food. As it slithered out of the water the avenging hunters jumped on it.The villagers rushed threw their spears at the beast. The first piercedthe monster’s eye, then another hit it in the stomach.The beast suffering grievous wounds, was determined not to breatheit’s last on a beach in front of the assailants. It turned and headedfor the safety of its lair. A brave warrior valiantly threw his spear, which lodged itself in the back of the animal’s neck.The monster turned and stopped. Blood quickly discoloured the water. In an act ofdefiance the monster quickly changed into a rock. Pouviaserole had lost thebattle, but gained immortality. The guardian of the sacred bay can still be seen today in the Bay of Olal, a popular travel destination, as a large black rock dominating the bay.In the book of oral traditions of Vanuatu, Nabanga, one can read manystories such as Pouviaserole, the Guardian Child Eating Rock. Vanuatu secrets are slowly beingrevealed. For the first timeoutside Vanuatu, some of the sacred art of Ambrym was shared in arecent art exhibition in Australia. The ancient anthological tales of Vanuatu may make amusing reading forsome, yet there is an underlying tragedy in the beautiful tropicalisland archipelago of the Happiest Country on Earth. Many of the Vanuatu children do not receive an education.Free education is not available and therefore being educated is beyondthe realm of most of the isolated villagers in their cashless economy.Many live on under $1 per day.For the villagers the disastrous consequences are...
  • ???? 26% of Vanuatu children will never go to school at all
  • ???? 55.8% of Vanuatu kids will get to grade 6
  • ??? Only 18.2% will go to high school.
Education was not seen as a priority for the government of Vanuatu. Inlate 2007 they admitted they did not have the resources, or thefinances to provide education beyond the main islands.You can make a real difference by being part of an exciting You can help children who are hungry to embrace thebenefits of the 21st century, while still appreciating their own richcultural heritage. You can’t afford to miss out on this once in alifetime opportunity.

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