BIBLE: JOHN 3:16, OPENING PART: A TETUA EKANIENI MAFI TAKE NEI WA YA KOI KOUNA MAI TAN TARIKI

MS 5195
MS Short Title BIBLE: JOHN 3:16, OPENING PART: A TETUA EKANIENI MAFI TAKE NEI WA YA KOI KOUNA MAI TAN TARIKI
Text BIBLE: JOHN 3:16, OPENING PART: A TETUA EKANIENI MAFI TAKE NEI WA YA KOI KOUNA MAI TAN TARIKI
Description MS in Futuna on jaw bone of wild boar, Ekasup village, Efaté Island, Republic of Vanuatu, 31 January 2003, 1 jaw with teeth and the 2 tusks, 14x26x15 cm, single column, (10x8 cm), 7+3 lines in capitals slanting to the right by Sifo Seimo.
Provenance 1. The jawbone: The Community of Ekasup village (-2003); 2. gift from Sifo Seimo, Ekasup village, Jan. 2003.
Commentary The wild boar jawbone has been at the sacred site for offerings and magical rituals together with human bones from the time the Vanatuans were canibals. The power of the bones from both humans and wild boars would be transferred to the owner during magical rituals. 

Being a Christian, Sifo Seimo, had no objections in writing down the fist part of John 3:16 in his own dialect, one of the 115 dialects of the 82 islands of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides.
Place of origin Vanuatu
Dates 2003

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