A tribe within the distant Pacific island nation of Vanuatu that regarded Prince Philip as a god will mourn his dying with ritual wailing and ceremonial dancing, an knowledgeable has mentioned.
The group, based mostly in villages on the island of Tanna within the former Anglo-French colony, revered Philip and believed him to be a reincarnation of an historical warrior who left the island to struggle a battle.
“Right here in Tanna, we imagine that Prince Philip is the son of our god, our ancestral god, who lives up within the mountain,” native resident Nako Nikien, often known as “Jimmy Joseph,” mentioned in 2015.
Nikien is a member of a neighborhood cult referred to as the Prince Philip Motion.
He was amongst 5 villagers to satisfy Philip in 2007, once they have been flown to the UK by the British actuality present “Meet the Natives.”
“Assembly him (was) simply fantastic,” he mentioned, describing it as “like being in a religious world.”
Nikien added that in response to the tribe’s beliefs, the spirit of Prince Philip won’t ever die.
Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, handed away Friday morning at Windsor Fortress within the U.Okay.
His dying was marked with 41-gun salutes at midday on Saturday at places throughout the UK, together with the Tower of London and Edinburgh Fortress, in addition to in Gibraltar and on Royal Navy ships at sea.
The COVID-19 pandemic has difficult well-prepared preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, with particulars concerning the occasion to be confirmed in “due course”, Buckingham Palace has mentioned.