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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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Although I have offered my own view as a critical assessment of my colleagues' writings, I must emphasize that most if not all of the insights I bring to bear on 'cargo cult' already appear in their excellent work and in the extensive rich literature on 'cargo cult.' I have simply rearranged and altered the emphases of these insights.
There are, however, darker strains in Mambu that have since flowered in subsequent cargo cult literature.
Instead of projecting themselves as spirits or gods, cargo cult theorists have spent a great deal of energy avoiding the recurring charge from Melanesians that Europeans are their ancestors or allied with their ancestors.
[1] Melanesian cargo cult followers used technology to change the horizon within which race relations were placed and unfolded.
So-called 'cargo cults' are not only often impossible to distinguish from practical political and economic activities and movements, the category 'cargo cult' was also clearly historically used to suppress legitimate native endeavors that threatened white colonial domination.
The aspect of this mutual contretemps that most observers would want to identify as a 'cargo cult' began to surface in 1971.
Burridge, for example, in the preface to the 1995 edition of Mambu, struggles to find a name or label for the activities we have glossed as 'cargo cult,' and he settles on the one he thinks best: 'I think millenarian smells sweetest because the activities envisage or imply a new belief system combined with a new social order, showing cargo activities as comparable with, say, medieval millenarisms or eighteenth- and nineteenth-century enthusiasms as well as many other reform and socioreligious renewal movements around the world on the one hand, and events such as those at Waco or Jonestown on the other' (1995:xvi-xviii ).
In cargo cult myths, this brother is associated with Euro-Americans (Pomponio, Counts and Harding 1994).
Although these "Cargo Cults" have largely died out, a few still exist to this day.
The local faith tradition is a cargo cult. People believe in a god they call John Frum, perhaps based on an American military officer around the time of World War II who gave islanders their first glimpse of industrial products.
CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 20 The church's offer of eternal life is tempting, but don't forget that the South Pacific Cargo Cult are offering free fridges and you don't have to die first.
You sensed a group ready to assemble like a Pacific Island cargo cult on the runway ready to greet our propellor-powered saviour from the skies.
At the time, he had thousands of village followers, including a core of armed warriors to protect him, in what is commonly referred to in PNG as a "cargo cult."
His followers became known as a 'cargo cult' in Papua New Guinea and he preached that young girls should be married to him, as it was God's prophecy.
Few seem to consider that the kind of economic activity hoped for and cheered for, a sort of modern-day cargo cult, is exactly the same economic activity causing climate change, damaging the environment, contributing to social inequity, exacerbating numerous public health problems and creating unprecedented debt.