Cargo Cult
(1,236 words)

Abstract: The phrase “cargo cult” gained increasing currency in Melanesia after World War II to describe islanders’ collective actions to prepare for “the supernatural arrival” of European-style goods…

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Garry Trompf, “Cargo Cult”, in: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, General Editors Robert A. Segal, Kocku Von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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