South Sea tribe’s favourite god? Prince Philip

As if the Cargo Cult stuff isn’t strange enough, now this! From The Telegraph: South Sea tribe prepares birthday feast for their favourite god, Prince Philip.

At the base of a banyan tree, an elderly village chief held his most prized possession between bony fingers. "Philip sent this to us," he said. "Now we have three of them."

A signed portrait of Prince Philip is an incongruous sight in a South Pacific jungle, but for the people of this remote village, in the island state of Vanuatu, the picture is an integral part of their lives.

As unlikely as it sounds, the people of Yaohnanen and surrounding villages worship 85-year-old Prince Philip as a god.

They believe him to be the son of an ancient spirit who inhabits a nearby mountain, on the island of Tanna. [continue]