• Short Summary

    "Les Harristes", a small religious sect claiming to represent God's will in Africa, celebrated the opening and dedication of a new temple in Abidjan last Sunday (15 August). "Les Harristes", an off shoot of Christianity -- members can have as many wives as they like -- believe that when Jesus Christ returned to Heaven he told God of a place on earth where he had not been able to preach -- Africa.

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    "Les Harristes", a small religious sect claiming to represent God's will in Africa, celebrated the opening and dedication of a new temple in Abidjan last Sunday (15 August). "Les Harristes", an off shoot of Christianity -- members can have as many wives as they like -- believe that when Jesus Christ returned to Heaven he told God of a place on earth where he had not been able to preach -- Africa. So God sent William Wade Harris. He lived in Liberia last century.

    The sect mixes Christian beliefs and prayers with music and dance.... the same formula of bringing God and religion to the people as mat with brief favour in western Europe in the 1960's. But its membership is still limited to the Ivory Coast and parts of Ghana.

    SYNOPSIS: In Attecoube, a suburb of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, a small religious sect dedicated to bringing God to Africa celebrated the opening and dedication of a new temple last Sunday. "Les Harristes believe that when Jesus returned to Heaven he told God of a part of earth where he had not preached -- Africa. So God sent William Wade Harris, a Liberian who lived last century. He is represent now by Mr. Awy, the supreme prophet, seen arriving for the ceremony.

    The temple is the latest to be erected by "Les Harristes". Others are spread through parts of the Ivory Coast, and the sect has also penetrated Ghana.

    The members of the sect see themselves as members of the Christian religion, by fairly radical. Some less radical Christians see them as heretics. For "Les Harristes" can take as many wives a they like. Their religion is a mixture of traditional prayers and bible readings with music and dance.

    The religious life of "Les Harristes" is a gay, simple one, with prayer meetings four times a week. But each time, dancing plays a major role.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8J9VDWLXKVJS1YZ8MXJJ2ZSOY
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J9VDWLXKVJS1YZ8MXJJ2ZSOY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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