Feb 11, 2016

The South Pacific island cult who worship the spirit of an American World War II soldier (in the hope he'll return with Coca-Cola, TVs and medicine)

Steve Trask
Feb 11, 2016

Every February a cult gathers at the base of an active volcano in the South Pacific in a religious tribute to a dead American soldier.

The elders wear American military uniforms jangling with medals, the rest paint ‘USA’ in red paint on their bare chests.

They march around a rickety pole in military formation before raising the American flag.

They are the followers of John Frum and on February 15 every year they pay homage in this way to a divine spirit ‘more powerful than Jesus’.

The followers of John Frum live in a small village at the base of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu.


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