Friday, February 3, 2012

Cargo Cults

In several parts of the world most importantly in Melanesia  and the Pacific people have beleived that at the end of the world or dawn of a new age their ancestors will return with a cargo of valuable goods.Such movements were especially prevalent in the aftermath of the Second World War ( 1939-45).

Prophets have predicted these returnss and encourged people to build docks or airfields so that the ancestors could bring valuable,especially western goods like the latest clothing,radion,refrigerators and motor vehicles.Peter Lawerence's Road Belong Cargo is a famous case study.

Among native North Americans similar religious beliefs are found and these are usually called Nativistic movements or revitalization movements.

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