The death of Prince Philip is likely to be met by ritual wailing and great grief in a small island in the South Pacific where he was worshipped like a god.
According to reports, some 700 villagers on Tanna island subscribe to the Prince Philip Movement where to date they believe that he was the son to some of an invisible powerful deity who would one day come back to “heal the land.”
It is said that Prince Philip made a significant impression on members of this tribe based in Yaohnanenon tropical rainforest when he frequented the place over the decades. Apparently, he maintained these visits and the villagers still believed in him even after they got independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
“They were hoping he would return in person. But they will imagine his spirit might come back to the island.” anthropologist Kirk Huffman said of Philip in February even as news of his death hit them so hard.
“They will be in grief-stricken mourning. There will be ritual wailing and also a series of dances that encapsulate parts of the island’s history.” He said.
Following his death, the movement will now be led by the heir to the throne Prince Charles (Philip’s firstborn) who went to the place in 2018
In the meantime, The royal Family in the UK through a statement on Friday announced that Philip had died peacefully at the Windsor castle.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at the Windsor Castle,” the statement read.
Following his death, various leaders across the world poured their tribute to the 99 year old. For instance, former American president Barack Obama revealed that he lived through the economic crises and world wars where he provided leadership and guiding wisdom that strengthened relationships with many nations around the world.