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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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Just as in the later cargo cult in Uneapa, as throughout the Vitiaz Straits area, innovation is the preserve of the nonhuman world (Pomponio, Counts & Harding 1994).
If not, Edwina Hart will leave the people of Ebbw Vale sitting on the circuit tarmac like members of a Cargo Cult.
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.
The same kinds of minor behavioral variations can, however, be attached to a cargo cult led by a new prophet who is advocating some highly drastic activity, like eating up all the food or throwing all possessions into the sea in expectation of all the wonderful goods which will come by ship.
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.
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.
Lack of regulation and safeguards means that REDD shares important features with cargo cult movements insofar as REDD conveys a promise of future wealth through activities that are divorced from productive activities.
The following wear I started performing The Least Cargo Cult, which details the international financial crisis and my time on an island in the South Pacific where the people do not universally accept the value of money.
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.
On waiting for monthly shipments of rare eggs for embryological research: "We became a virtual cargo cult as we waited" (p.
Some call it a Cargo Cult because of the expected cargo.