A tribe in the remote island nation of Vanuatu who viewed Prince Philip as a god will greet his death with ritual moans and ceremonial dances, an expert has said.
The group, based in villages on Tanna Island in the former Anglo-French colony, worshiped the Duke of Edinburgh and believed him to be the reincarnation of an ancient warrior who had left the island to fight a war.
The highly spiritual group from Yaohnanen and surrounding villages believed that the leader of the fighters would return to the islands with a wealthy white bride.
Kirk Huffman, an authority on what is known as the Prince Philip movement, told the Daily Telegraph: “I imagine there will be ritual lamentations, special dances.
“The focus will be on men who drink kava (an infusion made from the root of a pepper plant) – this is the key to opening the door to the intangible
“On Tanna, it’s not drunk to get drunk. It connects the material world with the non-material world. “
He added that islanders could continue their beliefs with Prince Charles, who recently visited Vanuatu in 2018.
There, the Prince of Wales met Jimmy Joseph, from the village of Yaohnanen, on a tour of the country, formerly the New Hebridia.
The prince warmly shook Mr. Joseph’s hand as he was presented with a gift.
Mr Joseph said: “I gave him a walking stick for his father made by the hands of the Prince Philip movement.
“I told him that a lot of people in the movement are now dead, but there are still some alive.
“The prince said he would deliver the message personally.”
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