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Post by Sir Pun on Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:13 pm

A cargo cult is a religious practice that has appeared in many traditional pre-industrial tribal societies in the wake of interaction with technologically advanced cultures. The cults focus on obtaining the material wealth (the "cargo") of the advanced culture through magic and religious rituals and practices. Cult members believe that the wealth was intended for them by their deities and ancestors. Cargo cults developed primarily in remote parts of New Guinea and other Melanesian and Micronesian societies in the southwest Pacific Ocean, beginning with the first significant arrivals of Westerners in the 19th century. Similar behaviors have, however, also appeared elsewhere in the world.

Cargo cult activity in the Pacific region increased significantly during and immediately after World War II, when the residents of these regions observed the Japanese and American combatants bringing in large amounts of matériel. When the war ended, the military bases closed and the flow of goods and materials ceased. In an attempt to attract further deliveries of goods, followers of the cults engaged in ritualistic practices such as building crude imitation landing strips, aircraft and radio equipment, and mimicking the behavior that they had observed of the military personnel operating them.

In some instances, such as on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, cult members worship certain Americans (such as John Frum and Tom Navy), who brought the desired cargo to their island during World War II as part of the supplies used in the war effort, as the spiritual entity who will provide the cargo to them in the future.[2]

The Prince Philip Movement on the island of Tanna, worships Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

The John Frum cult, one of the most widely reported and longest-lived, is also present at the island of Tanna, Vanuatu.


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Post by Bryant on Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:45 am

Thats interesting, I never heard of that before.
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Post by Sir Pun on Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:19 am

A lot of ancient astronaut theorists hold that this could be a modern take on how our ancestors wouldve behaved toward an extraterrestrial society in the past, pointing to the nazca lines and ancient religious accounts as evidence of such interactions.

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Post by Miles1 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:06 am

Pun wrote:
The Prince Philip Movement on the island of Tanna, worships Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

So they go around swearing and being casually racist to everyone?

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Post by Sir Pun on Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:40 am

Lmao

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