Re: Cargo cults description

Stan Koper (
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 01:01:34 GMT

In article <>,
dated Fri, 01 Nov 1996 12:19:54 GMT, (Kapa) wrote:
>Reply to earlier message:
>Cargo cults are cults that existed/exist mostly in Indonesia and
>Australia. These were cults created by the natives in order to explain
>the material wealth of the white man. (The natives did not understand
>where all the material wealth of the white man comes from, so they
>figured it must come from heaven. Therefore they invented certain
>rituals which they thought would bring them such wealth also). This is
>a pretty sad story all together...

No, no, Papua New Guinea and the Solomons and thereabouts.
Otherwise, ok. Got a big boost during and after WWII, what with
the allies importing all that material wealth, and then shoving
it into the sea after it was all over...but it wasn't just the
wealth, it was the question of various indigenous
groups establishing local political hegemony, and using promises
of more of that kind of wealth to come. Probably piggy-backed on
the local "big man" system.

Stan Koper
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