John Frum

Cultural , Religious At Sulphur Bay Tanna Unnamed Road, Vanuatu

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Thursday 15th February
12:51 - 2:51pm

Tags: vanuatu , johnfrum , events , history , religious , tanna , volcano , usa , america , cargocult , sulphurbay

Every year on February 15th, natives of Tanna Island in the Republic of Vanuatu hold a grand celebration in honor of an imaginary man named John Frum. Villagers clothe themselves in homemade US Army britches, paint “USA” on their bare chests and backs, and run a replica of Old Glory up the flagpole alongside the Marine Corps Emblem and the state flag of Georgia. Barefoot soldiers then march in perfect step in the shadow of Yasur, the island’s active volcano, with red-tipped bamboo “rifles” slung over their shoulders. February 15th is known as John Frum day on Tanna Island, and these activities are the islanders’ holiest religious service.


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