South Pacific

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shears/REX Shutterstock (591964b) The photo that Prince Philip posed for at Buckingham Palace before sending it to the tribe on Tanna island, in the South Pacific. TRIBE WHO WORSHIP PRINCE PHILIP AS A GOD, TANNA, VANUATU, SOUTH PACIFIC - MAY 2006

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shears/REX Shutterstock?
The photo that Prince Philip posed for at Buckingham Palace before sending it to the tribe on Tanna island, in the South Pacific.
TRIBE WHO WORSHIP PRINCE PHILIP AS A GOD, TANNA, VANUATU, SOUTH PACIFIC – MAY 2006

Is Prince Philip an Island God?

“Sometimes we hear his voice, but we can’t see him”

Chief Jack Naiva

‘We are waiting for him to return to us,’ says white-haired Jack, the aged tribal chief, who thought the Prince’s 85th birthday, would be the perfect opportunity.

‘But he’d better hurry up because I’m not getting any younger ? and neither is he. We’ll build him a nice little house, he can have all the servants he wants and every day we will come to kneel at his feet because he is our true leader.’

Chief Jack Naiva, died in 2009.

The Yaohnanen believe that Prince Philip is not only a living god but also the son of a mountain spirit. Tribal lore said the living god travelled overseas and married a powerful woman but would eventually return.

Seeing the respect which British colonial officials afforded the Queen, the tribe concluded that her husband was their god some time in the 1950s or 1960s.

In 2007, five members of the Prince Philip Movement visited Britain and had an audience with their god at Windsor Castle. He gave them a new picture of himself and the five returned to a heroes? welcome. The worship of Philip is one of the strangest examples of a cargo cult, a phenomenon that spread across the South Pacific as Polynesian islanders came into contact with westerners.

The tribal societies believed that the Western goods given to them ? items such as tinned meat, usually dropped from cargo planes ? were sent by the gods.

The Prince once asked a group of Aborigines whether they still threw spears at one another. He joked to a British student traveling abroad that staying in China too long could lead to ?slitty eyes.? Clearly, cultural sensitivity isn?t his forte. But the people of the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu don?t care about any of that, they worship him as a god and have based a religion on him.

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U. S. Navy photo, Oct. 24, 2003. The Russian Federation Navy Udaloy Class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov is believed to be heading towards Australia as part of a Russian convoy.

U. S. Navy photo, Oct. 24, 2003.
The Russian Federation Navy Udaloy Class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov is believed to be heading towards Australia as part of a Russian convoy.

Russians Warships Headed for Australia

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Lucky Kris was there

Three boys in an aluminium dinghy drifted 1300 kilometres across the South Pacific, resorting to drinking seawater and devouring a seagull to survive.

On Wednesday, a New Zealand fishing boat in a lonely part of the ocean spotted the tiny boat carrying the three Tokelauans who were thought lost forever.

They had eaten just one seagull in 50 days adrift.

“We got to them in a miracle,” first mate Tai Fredricsen of the Bay of Islands said from the Sanford tuna boat San Nikunau yesterday as it headed to Fiji with its extra cargo.

The boys, Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, had disappeared from Atafu Island on October 5. An extensive search by a RNZAF Orion failed to find any trace of them.

All I can say is that they were lucky fellow Tokelauan Kris Fa’afoi was there to help rescue them. I bet they are looking forward to a feed of McDonalds.

Kris Fa'afoi at the rescue of 3 Tokelauans

Mr Crab meet Mr Pot

Here are some photos of the crab before his little "spa". The boy chased this sucker a while before grabbing him. He got pinched but no crab was going to defeat Master Whaleoil – Master Crab hunter.

Also check out the size of this boat that came in overnight to escape the storm.



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