Lotu mavae: Fetogi o te ma'uli fakalotu i 'Uvea mo Futuna Lotu mavae. (Religious identity and change in Wallis and Futuna)

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Talatini, F. A. (2023). Lotu mavae: Fetogi o te ma’uli fakalotu i ’Uvea mo Futuna Lotu mavae. (Religious identity and change in Wallis and Futuna). In Our Language: Journal of Pacific Research. Retrieved from https://iol.ac.nz/index.php/iol/article/view/20


In Wallis and Futuna, a territory considered peaceful and politically stable, daily life is organized around two focal points: custom and religion. The former, under the leadership of the 'aliki (chiefs) is adapting, somewhat, to contemporary changes in locale mores. As for the lotu, the Catholic Church still occupies a predominant position but in the past few years it has had to compete with Christian or quasi-Christian movements, which altogether account for some 1 percent of the 15,000 inhabitants. This religious minority, ignored by the media and by officialdom, is nevertheless very much present in Wallisian and Futunan society. 

Little information is available on the lotu mavaea both in Wallis and Futuna and abroad, but everyone is now aware of their existence. Five movements stand out: the Evangelical Church, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Evangelical Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Who are they exactly? What are their exact numbers? How do they conduct their different faith in a micro-society deeply steeped in Catholicism? This paper considers these questions.