February 15, John Frum Day

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February 15, John Frum Day

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:29 am

Longish but interesting article in the current Smithsonian about a cargo cult in Vanuatu.

In John They Trust
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This is February 15, John Frum Day, on the remote island of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. On this holiest of days, devotees have descended on the village of Lamakara from all over the island to honor a ghostly American messiah, John Frum. “John promised he’ll bring planeloads and shiploads of cargo to us from America if we pray to him,” a village elder tells me as he salutes the Stars and Stripes. “Radios, TVs, trucks, boats, watches, iceboxes, medicine, Coca-Cola and many other wonderful things."

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Re: February 15, John Frum Day

Postby Rob Lister » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:23 am

I'm not necromancing for nothing here. This bump is worthy.

John Frum the movie ...

Waiting for John is a documentary film about the last cargo cult, the John Frum Movement, and America’s unintended impact on one remote island.
http://www.waitingforjohndoc.com/

Trailer

One has to request a screening, it seems.

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Re: February 15, John Frum Day

Postby Doctor X » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:38 am

At least, in the past, he occasionally answered their prayers. . . .

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