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    Rossum (Rossun) Manus Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Lat 2° 2' 60S Long 147° 16' 0E   Rossum is an inland village located near the northeast corner of Manus Island in the Admiralty Island Group (Admiralty Islands). Also spelled "Rossun". Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Manus Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During April 1942, occupied by the Japanese. A relatively small Japanese base was established here, that had minimal contact with the people of Manus, but did hire some of the Rossum villagers as guides and scouts. The locals were told by the Japanese: "The war was a fight amongst outside nations and the local people were best advised to stay in the safely of the hinterland." German colonist who remained on the island when the Japanese arrived were either killed or imprisoned.

Post War Cargo Cult
After the overwhelming cultural contact with Americans and their technology, Rossum villagers became very interested in understanding all these new technologies, spawning many cargo cult phenomenon in the village and Manus.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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