Communicating with Nature: Talking with Water

A human’s need to communicate can be observed from the first moments of life. The intuitive reaction of a newborn to cry lays the stepping-stone for a process which, at its heart, will enable every human to successfully communicate their experience of being alive.

It has been said that words are man’s greatest achievement. With the first utterances of symbolic language emerging 2.5 million years ago — slowly evolved by the first Homo sapiens — the solid foundations of modern articulation have decidedly been set. Yet many would argue that speech and language was developed not out of want, but out of need. In what ways do humans communicate without using words?

Music has long been a way of communicating for necessity as well as pleasure, such as the use of a lullaby to sooth, a folk song to warn and a chant to call to arms. But in what ways do we use rhythm and melody to communicate with nature itself?

In the case of the people of the Banks islands in the South Pacific, it is only by literally playing the water that their message of thanks to the sea can be communicated. Waist deep in water, women and young girls alike will stand side by side and begin to play out a complex set of rhythmic patterns, every one as unique as the female herself.

Human history on these volcanic islands indicates precisely why these rituals still take place. Archeologists have found evidence that this region of the Pacific has been inhabited since at least 2000 BC. Yet with only 1% land to 99% water in a climate of volatile cyclone prone seas, life in the South Pacific is far from idyllic. Nonetheless, the Vanuatu people were listed as the happiest on the planet by the Happy Planet Index.

View the amazing video of the women of Banks Islands communicating with nature here.

This post was originally published by BBCEarth.

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Photo courtesy of BBCEarth
Written by Adelle Havard, a blogger for BBCEarth


Elisa Faulkner- Uriarte
Elisa F4 years ago

So interesting! Thank you for sharing.

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne6 years ago the articles that enlighten us

Beth H.
beth Hall6 years ago

Great article. Thanks!

Wendy Watson
Wendy Watson6 years ago

Wonderful to see this article.. We need to get back with nature. Water is an element. I talk to plants, we talk, pray to the air, why not water, fire too?

Ralph YY
JustaHuman Here6 years ago

They are aware of what almost all people in the western world have lost:

Their connnnection to nature and the creation, and they understand that appreciating nature is important.

In the western world, people "understand" that abusing, controlling and destroying nature is important.

Western people (including people i Afrika and South America) do not feel part of nature. As a result does not accept humans as part of Nature.

Therefore Nature is taking humans away, which in the end is just a right and logical consequence, because life always does what is best to go on.

Keeping the human race threfore is bad for nature.

Rosi Caswell

The first communication begins within the Energy levels of our being, with no need for the utterance of words. Our Energy bodies (Our Auras), which surround, mirror and feed our physical bodies, communicate with each other in a flash, whereby the process of" knowing" begins. Words were born of necessity to "explain" matters, not to essentially communicate, for that will always occur, and compared to our "instant knowledge" of each other and our surroundings are clumsy in the extreme.
Rosi Caswell Animal/Human Therapist, Metaphysical Counsellor

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Connection to the planet and all the creatures around you = happiness.

Carole H.
Carole H6 years ago

Very beautiful and uplifting but seemed to be some background drumming on the video track - was this added or is my hearing just getting - like the rest of me - old - seemed fun too

Lena T.
Lena T6 years ago

Thank you for the article. It's good to know that some people still value Nature and are thankful to it. Yet it is so sad that they are the minority...

Lilithe Magdalene

Thank you for the article and beautiful video - BUT PLEASE STOP USING THE WORD "MAN" TO REFER TO HUMANKIND!! I am NOT a man! I am a human woman - isn't there enough of the word "man" in those two words to already relegate Me to some lower status than the male, some subset of him? Using MAN is like adding insult to injury. It is time to drop the word "man" in reference to all of us from the English language! Please!! Thank you!