The chief of a remote Pacific town which worshipped Prince Philip with spiritual fervour said Monday it was prematurely to know whether the British royal’s descendants will receive comparable deification.
Yakel village on the Vanuatu island of Tanna for decades venerated Philip, who died at Windsor Castle recently at the age of 99.
Town chief Albi stated it was unclear how the spiritual movement would alter following Philip’s death, as his spirit was thought to be adrift and seeking a brand-new house.
While lots of outsiders assumed Philip’s oldest boy Charles or grand sons William and Harry would prosper him in having an unique place in the villagers’ hearts, Albi said absolutely nothing was specific.
” The spirit of Prince Philip has actually left his body, however it survives on– it is too soon to say where it will reside,” he told AFP.
Underneath a British flag flying at half mast, Albi signed up with elders Monday at Yaohnanen, another town that worships Philip, for discussions on how to mark the special death.
Chiefs spoke in turn throughout painstaking conversations on what the death indicates for their popular belief system, with a resolution most likely to be days away.
The Prince Philip Movement is thought to have actually begun in the late 1970s following a see by the Duke of Edinburgh to Vanuatu previously that years AFP/ Dan McGarry
Albi had words of comfort for Queen Elizabeth II, wishing her pleasure because despite the fact that Philip’s body was lost, his spirit resided on
The Yakel chiefs said they were sending out a confidential message to the royal family following Philip’s death.
The Prince Philip Movement is believed to have actually begun in the late 1970s following a see by the Duke of Edinburgh to Vanuatu earlier that years.
British officials investigating the phenomenon concluded it came from an olden legend of a returning boy who had pale skin.
Upon learning that Greek-born Philip was not born in England, France or the United States, they may have chosen that Philip must, therefore, be from Tanna.
Anthropologists state the movement is a way for villagers on the lush volcanic island to find a spiritual connection to the outside world.
In other villages on Tanna, residents are part of the so-called John Frum Movement, a comparable cult which stems from the appearance of a pale-skinned stranger in the 1930s.
Followers to the movement, which motivates the go back to traditional customs of dancing and kava-drinking, believe that a hero, “John Frum” will one day return, bringing with him the riches seen in the hands of American GIs throughout World War II– including radios and cars.