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(Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth ('cargo') brought by westerners

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a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes

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Applied to cargo cults, his perspective suggests a two-phase 'structure of the conjuncture'.
As with pyramid schemes and cargo cults, who are the real beneficiaries of these activities?
In my view at the time, anthropology was too often a marriage of the fixation on "understanding the native" with what Eric Wolf once called "the frisson effect" of exoticism that led to an interest in just one kind of rebellion: the pathological conduct of the cargo cult.
Baako's analogy of the cargo cults reinforces his insight that this materialism is no modern, post-independence malady.
At grass roots level, he paints a sad picture of islands where primitive Christianity and Cargo Cults have replaced the unholy trinity of trader, planter and missionary.
Two major cargo cults have been in operation this year, and with his withdrawal from the presidential campaign, Ross Perot has annulled one of them.
The cargo cults of New Guinea are only one of many famous examples of a group aspiring to acquire "cargo" (goods) that the colonizers possessed.
They discuss deprivation and religiosity: between cargo cults and existential anxiety; making money with sacredness: the case of Lucien's Alexander of Abonuteichos--The False Prophet between fact and fiction; educating poor girls: the London Missionary Society in 19th-century South India; money to burn: performances of excess and deficit in Chinese popular religious practices in contemporary Singapore; providing for the poor, the widow, and the orphan: a social and religious ethical revolution in the Jewish Bible; exploring the relationship between religious adherence and economic status in the Muslim world; and a social reading of Giovanni Bellini's sacred allegory Giobbe il Povero.
Missionaries, settlers, and colonial administrators arrived to find that local populations had their own gods and cosmologies, and often labelled emerging movements as cargo cults.
An expert on Melanesian cultures, Jebens (Frobenius-Institut) examines the cultural perceptions of other and self as expressed in cargo cults and masked dances in West New Britain (part of Papua New Guinea).
ONLY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY have the cargo cults of modernity given us handmade objects that mimic so intently the processes of industrial manufacture.
A note on cargo cults and cultural construction of change.
Given the cargo cults built around their names, these expressions of sentimentality and radical hope are also acts of considerable personal modesty.
This proto-nationalist theory, which used to deal with different kinds of indigenous movements usually classified as Cargo cults, is contradicted by the facts, even if today in Vanuatu modern politicians could officially assert such a legacy.
First thing, for Holger Jebens in his introduction and summary of the different papers, is to stress the leading deconstructionist purposes of most authors of this book in relation to the wide public fascination for Western writings on Cargo cults.