A Remote Island, Where They Worship Airplanes And A Certain American Man
During the second World War, a group of indigenes in the remote island of Vanuatu, always saw airplanes that flew over their island to drop food and other relief materials for the inhabitants of their village.
Because these people were not aware of technology by that time, they believed that anything that drops from the sky is a holy gift. The people of this island, who had never seen a white person before, were very primitive and had a very myopic sense of reasoning.
One day, a soldier that goes by the name of John, came to visit the island. He kept visiting the island from time to time and the inhabitants of this island felt that he was one of the gods, this was because of the colour of his skin.
By the end of the war, the planes stopped delivering cargoes and John never came back again. This made them to believe that they will need to dress like American soldiers, perform some rituals, before the gods will smile on them again and deliver more cargoes.
Instead of their new religious practice to attract gifts from the gods, it has only attracted tourist, whom the inhabitants obviously see that they arrive in airplanes but still don’t have the sense of reasoning to break down their thoughts.
They are preparing for the second coming of John, so every 15th of February is recognised as John Frum day. On this day, they will paint their chests with USA colours and perform military parades and drills. Like some other religious beliefs, they said that they don’t know the day that John will come.
They believe that when John comes, he will come with cars, more medicine, iced coca cola and many other essentials.
Although some of them have embraced Christianity, but they still believe that John will still answer their prayers, because to them, their John is more powerful than Jesus.