• Short Summary

    IN WHAT WAS CLAIMED TO BE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MASS WEDDING, 430 COUPLES TOOK THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA ON THURSDAY.

  • Description

    IN WHAT WAS CLAIMED TO BE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MASS WEDDING, 430 COUPLES TOOK THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA ON THURSDAY. THE NEWLYWEDS, ALL MEMBERS OF THE TONGIL CHURCH, PART OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFICATION OF WORLD CHRISTIANITY, THEN BEGAN 40 DAYS OF CELIBACY, IN PLACE OF THE TRADITIONAL HONEYMOON.

    THE MASS CEREMONY WAS HELD ON THE STAGE OF A VAST HALL IN CENTRAL SEOUL AND WAS PERFORMED BY THE FOUNDER-PRESIDENT OF THE KOREAN-ORIGINATED CHRISTIAN SECT, MR SUN-NYUNG MOON, BEFORE 4,000 PARENTS, RELATIVES AND WELL-WISHERS.

    THE COUPLES, FROM 1,000 TONGIL CHURCHES THROUGHOUT SOUTH KOREA, HAD BEEN MATCHED BY THE CHURCH. THEY HAD ALL SPENT TEN DAYS IN COMMUNAL LIVING IN SEOUL, LAST NOVEMBER. AT THE END OF THIS PERIOD, EACH HAD SUBMITTED A LIST OF FIVE PROSPECTIVE MATES FROM WHICH THE CHURCH MADE A FINAL SELECTION.

    ON THURSDAY, A LONG PROCESSION OF COUPLES PASSED BETWEEN MR. MOON AND HIS WIFE, WHO SPRINKLED HOLY WATER FROM SILVER URNS ON THE BRIDES AND GROOMS.

    SHOUTS OF "I DO" ECHOED THROUGHOUT THE HALL AS THE SECT LEADER ASKED THE COUPLES TO PLEDGE THAT THEY WOULD BE FAITHFUL HUSBANDS AND WIVES, GOOD PARENTS AND ANCESTORS AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF GOD.

    AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE NEWLYWEDS WERE DRIVEN THROUGH THE MAIN STREETS OF SEOUL IN 26 NEW BUSES, LOANED TO THE CHURCH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA498JWXNKVZVB0NM17WS3UNG9E
    Media URN:
    VLVA498JWXNKVZVB0NM17WS3UNG9E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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