cargo cult
noun Date: 1949 any of various Melanesian religious groups characterized by the belief that material wealth (as money or manufactured goods) can be obtained through ritual worship

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  • cargo cult — n. [< cargo, as on ships] a quasi religious cult among some South Sea islanders, based on a belief that the spirits of their ancestors will return with supplies of modern goods, thus inaugurating a golden age of prosperity and, sometimes,… …   English World dictionary

  • Cargo cult — A cargo cult may appear in tribal societies in the wake of interaction with technologically advanced, non native cultures. The cult is focused on obtaining the material wealth of the advanced culture through magical thinking, religious rituals… …   Wikipedia

  • Cargo-Cult — Der Ausdruck Cargo Kult (auch Cargokult, Cargo Cult) bezeichnet eine Vielfalt stark chiliastischer (d. h. dem Glauben an das nahe Ende der gegenwärtigen Welt anhängender) religiöser Bewegungen Melanesiens (u. a. Papua Neuguinea). Der Kult hat… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cargo cult — /ˈkagoʊ kʌlt/ (say kahgoh kult) noun any of various cults practised by tribal peoples, particularly in the PNG region, the devotees of which believe that by proper acts, desired objects such as food, consumer goods, etc., will be received,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cargo cult — cargo cultist. (sometimes caps.) any of various native religious cults of a millenarian and messianic character located in the southwestern Pacific islands, holding that spirits will bring large cargoes of modern goods for distribution among its… …   Universalium

  • cargo cult — noun 1. (Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth ( cargo ) brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cargo cult — car′go cult n. ant (sometimes caps.) any of various religious cults of Melanesia whose central belief is that spirit beings will bring them large cargoes of modern goods • Etymology: 1945–50 car′go cult ist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • Cargo-Cult — Cargokult; Cargo Kult …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cargo cult — noun a) Any of several unorthodox religious movements among the people of Melanesia based upon Western manufactured goods. b) Any of several philosophies or pseudosciences that are not rooted in experiment …   Wiktionary

  • cargo cult — See millenarianism …   Dictionary of sociology

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