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Malo-Bomai
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The law of the Meriam, known as Malo's Law, comes from the sea.

According to myth, Malo crossed the Torres Strait from the northwest, firstly as a whale, before transforming himself into many sea creatures.

On arriving at Mer, he took the form of an octopus, was acknowledged as a supernatural being and became the god of the eight clans of the Meriam.

Malo, or Bomai which is his secret and more sacred name, established the law, which decreed that clans keep to their own paths, "swim with their own kind", sow their lands and conserve their seas.
Malo Dance 1967
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1967
dancing, Land Bilong Islanders, Las, Malo, Malo dance, Malo's laws, Meriam culture, sacred
The Malo-Bomai myth
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Las, Malo dance, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Papua New Guinea, sacred, Stars of Tagai, Torres Strait
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dancing, Land Bilong Islanders, Malo, Malo dance
...Isn't he the same as the Indian's Great Spirit?...
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Christianity, clans, Land Bilong Islanders, London Missionary Society, Malo, Malo's laws
Malo ceremonial dance as drawn by A.C.Haddon
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1898
ceremony, Haddon, A.C., Malo's laws, Meriam culture, songs
Star-headed Malo clubs
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Las, Malo, Malo dance, songs
Malo
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Malo, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, religion, sacred, tag mauki mauki, trespass
Malo & Christianity
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1871-
Christianity, Malo, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, religion, sacred
Indigenous Customary Law
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indigenous people, Mabo judgement, native title
A Sacred Landscape
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aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
The Laws Of Malo
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indigenous law, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred, sacred
Malo's Law
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Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Las
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Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Las
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Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Native Title & Indigenous Law
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aboriginal law, Malo's laws, native title, Native Title Act (1993), sacred
Performance, Art & The Sacred
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Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Recent Changes To International Law
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decolonisation, human rights, International law, Racial Discrimination Act , 1975 , treaties, United Nations
Sacred Order
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Las, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, religion, sacred
The Eight Clans
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clans, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
The Story Of Malo
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Malo, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam culture, religion, religion