cargo cult definition

  • noun:
    • some of a few unorthodox religious motions among the people of Melanesia based on Western made items.
    • Any of several philosophies or pseudosciences that are not rooted in experiment
    • a religious cult that anticipates a time of happiness, serenity, and justice whenever salvation comes
    • (Melanesia) the followers of one of a few millenarian cults that think salvation will be the type of wealth (`cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries)

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