The Cargo Cults of Melanesia are derived from the late…

The Cargo Cults of Melanesia are derived from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century deliveries of cargo from Western nations.  Often delivered by plane, cargoes of food, clothing, and other goods was left amoungst the indigenous peoples, who believed the cargo was a gift from the gods.  To hasten the return of the cargo, airstrips and fake airplanes were created, and believers have rituals that mimic Western-style military drills.  Airmen who were known to have left cargo are looked upon as gods or prophets.

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