Friday, January 14, 2022

Chief Roi Mata's Domain

CHIEF ROI MATA'S DOMAIN (Vanuatu, Melanesia)

Oral tradition and archaeology meet at the sites of the mass grave and former residence of powerful Melanesian 13th-century paramount chief Roi Mata of Vanuatu. The grave, found by a French archaeologist in 1967, contains the bodies of over 25 members of his retinue. Roi Mata's reputedly peaceful reign came after he united the tribes into a single army.

(Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons; CTTO)

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