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cargo cult

n.
One of a number of religious movements arising in Melanesia and New Guinea especially as a result of the influx of American military materiel during the 1940s, seeking to usher in an age of great material wealth by ritually imitating the behaviors of Americans or Europeans.

cargo cult

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a religious movement of the SW Pacific, characterized by expectation of the return of spirits in ships or aircraft carrying goods that will provide for the needs of the followers

car′go cult`


n.
(sometimes caps.) any of various religious cults of Melanesia whose central belief is that spirit beings will bring them large cargoes of modern goods.
[1945–50]
car′go cult`ist, n.
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Noun1.cargo cult - (Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth (`cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries)
cult - followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
2.cargo cult - a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
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The brave national museum should be always ready to confront institutionalized religion for every anecdote about conversion of the natives; there should be the luxuriously trenchant narratives about millenarian movements and cargo cults.
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This article argues that anthropological analysis of Melanesian cargo cults helps us to understand a recurring tendency in Melanesian culture to embrace alleged wealth generating schemes that are essentially unconnected to the production of tangible goods and services.
A journalist follows cargo cults in New Guinea, Pygmies in Africa and other groups to trace industrialization's effects.
See Peter Worsley, The Trumpet Shall Sound: a Study of Cargo Cults in Melanesia, 2nd edition (New York 1968), ix-lxix.
He covers sorcery, dreams, and death in a modern world; towards a history of travel in Melanesia: shamanism, dreams, and overseas journeys; technology, death and cargo cults in the Kaliai bush and in Bali and Pomio; madness, transgression, and hope in the Kaliai bush; and Melanesian fairy tales about whites.
Zocca looks into the rise of various independent local groups and charismatic movements and puts the question: are the cargo cults of a messianic character?
Aware that the slave trade's commodification of human life and his family's vision of him as the deliverer of consumable "cargo" are intimately connected through a layered temporality, he writes a short diaristic treatise on the relationship between the so-called cargo cults of Melanesia and his own post-slave trade culture.
Dawkins (vividly) rehearses lots of familiar stuff, like The Worst Moments of The Old Testament (the Flood, the nuking of Sodom, the genocide in Canaan, and so on), the sins of fundamentalism, ongoing faith-based homophobia and related sexual abuses, the absurdities of cargo cults, Pascal's utterly unconvincing Wager, even the kidnaping of Edgardo Mortara at the behest of Pope Pius IX.
Il elargit enfin sa reflexion sur la fete et la crise a des cultes plus innovants, comme les Cargo cults, puis a notre propre culture et aux conflits interethniques mondiaux.