• Short Summary

    THIS YEAR ABOUT 10,000 BELIEVERS FROM TOGO AN NIGERIA JOINED DAHOMEY'S "HEAVENLY CHRISTIANS" ON SEME BEACH FOR THE SECTS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CEREMONIES.

  • Description

    THIS YEAR ABOUT 10,000 BELIEVERS FROM TOGO AN NIGERIA JOINED DAHOMEY'S "HEAVENLY CHRISTIANS" ON SEME BEACH FOR THE SECTS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CEREMONIES.

    IN THE CEREMONY THE CROWDS LIE ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT ON THE SANDS OF THE MUNICIPAL BEACH, PRAYING FOR DIVINE PARDON. MANY OF THE FAITHFUL GO INTO TRANCES DURING THE PRAYERS. BELIEVERS BATHE IN THE SEA AS PART OF THE PURIFICATION RITES, AND THE LONG DANCING PROCESSIONS ACROSS THE SANDS ARE LED BY NEWLY BAPTISED CONVERTS.

    THE SECT WAS FOUNDED IN 1947 BY SAMUEL OSHOFFA. IT'S MEMBERS ARE DRAWN FROM ALL RELIGIONS - ROMAN CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT AND MOSLEM.

    FATHER OSHOFFA WAS BORN OF A PROTESTANT FAMILY. IN HIS YOUTH HE WAS A JOINER AND TIMBER MERCHANT. HE BUILT HIS RELIGION ROUND A VISION HE SAW ONE DAY IN HIS TIMBER YARD, WHEN HE WAS 20 YEARS OLD. HE SAW A WINGED MONKEY, A PEACOCK WITH A YELLOW BEAK AND YELLOW FEET AND A GIANT SERPENT, AND HE HEARD A VOICE REPEATING THE WORD 'LULI' WHICH MEANS 'BLESSING'. THE MONKEY REPEATED THE WORD BEFORE DISAPPEARING, WITH ITS COMPANIONS, INTO THE FOREST.

    THEREAFTER, 'FATHER' OSHOFFA BECAME AN EVANGELIST, AND PROPHET, A FAITH HEALER AND A LEADER OF MEN. HIS CHRISTMAS SERVICE IS THE MAIN FESTIVAL FOR ALL HIS FOLLOWERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAQ9S7LLZWCG4GRWOBPLINGYZ5
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQ9S7LLZWCG4GRWOBPLINGYZ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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