• Short Summary

    THE 'HEAVENLY CHRISTIANS' -- A SECT FOUNDED 22 YEARS AGO -- GATHER EACH YEAR ON DAHOMEY'S SEME BEACH TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS.

  • Description

    THE 'HEAVENLY CHRISTIANS' -- A SECT FOUNDED 22 YEARS AGO -- GATHER EACH YEAR ON DAHOMEY'S SEME BEACH TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS. SOME 10-THOUSAND MEMBERS OF THE SECT, DRAWN FROM ROMAN CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS AND MUSLIMS, TAKE PART IN COMMUNAL CELEBRATIONS ON THE BEACH.

    BELIEVERS FROM TOGO AND NIGERIA TRAVEL TO JOIN WITH DAHOMEY'S 'HEAVENLY CHRISTIANS' IN OBSERVING CHRISTMAS. DURING THE CEREMONIES, NEW MEMBERS OF THE SECT ARE BAPTISED, AND LATER BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR THE SECT'S USE THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR ARE BLESSED.

    THE SECT WAS FOUNDED IN 1947 BY FATHER SAMUEL OSCHOFFA, BORN A PROTESTANT BUT WHO BECAME AN EVANGELIST AND FAITH-HEALER AFTER SEEING WHAT HE CLAIMED TO BE A VISION IN THE TIMBER YARD WHERE HE WORKED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA992BQCNIYZ2MN5767LL561HNK
    Media URN:
    VLVA992BQCNIYZ2MN5767LL561HNK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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