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African chief baptized Orthodox on Mount Athos

A rather unusual baptism, took place at the Koutloumousiou Monastery on Mount Athos, as the head of a tribe from the Ivory Coast bearing the title of king, was baptized an Orthodox Christian.



The ceremony took place last Saturday, during which king Tchiffi Zie Jean Gervais was renamed David, joining the Greek Orthodox doctrine.


The tribal leader of Crou, an ethnic group (numbering several hundreds in West Africa), retains the title of king of the tribe and has been appointed as Secretary-General of the Forum of Kings, Princes and Traditional Leaders of Africa, a few years ago in Libya.


King David, dressed in the traditional clothes of his tribe, was baptized by monk Dionysius of Kountoumisiou monastery on June 7, while the details that led him to this decision have not been made public.