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Cargo Cult
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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 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004249707_vsr_COM_00000164>
First published online: 2016

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