11 Cargo Cults


If you had your own primitive civilization, unaware of modern culture, would you experiment religion with them?. To many, this would only be a dream, to have a whole tribe of people, teach them a religion, and see how it spreads, and how their faith grows stronger as the years go by instead of debilitating, to have something like this would be severely detrimental to organized religion as it should be a living breathing example of how people will literaly believe and follow anything an authority figure will tell them via indoctrination.

Some of you will be surprised to know, that this already happened in a way, and sadly, it hasn't had the effect one would hope because not nearly enough people know about it. It wasn't an experiment, it happened by itself on the islands of Vanuatu during the 1930's, the tribesmen began talking about a "John Frum" supposedly an american missionary that spoke how in order for all the missionaries and white people to leave vanuatu, the natives had to reject the modern lifestyle and all of the western commodities.

By 1941 all the followers of John Frum had left the missionary christian churches, got rid of their money and stopped going to school, the authorities then arrested, prosecuted and exiled John Frum, from then on, the belief that John Frum would come back to his followers with cargo was created.

The cult is still active today, one of the leaders is quoted for a response he made to a reporter who asked him "its been 19 years, why are you still waiting for John Frum?" the leader replied "You christians have been waiting 2,000 years for Jesus to return to earth, and you haven’t given up hope.”

11 Response to "Cargo Cults"

Regna said...

Religion, No matter how much of a lie it us contributes a lot to society

Professor Chaos said...

Religion is a great way to live your life if you take the right morals and values from whichever book you choose, the downside is its a major cause for war and answers alot of questions very brashly about life which i don't believe we are supposed to understand. yet.

Nigma said...

I do agree that religion keeps in control a TON of nut jobs that would kill whoever they please the very moment they figure out there is no god. But, being good because you are expecting a reward, or because you are afraid the bad boy in the sky will punish you for all eternity is not a good reason to be good, it is in fact sort of immoral. Being good should be its own reward.

loladdme said...

Marx was right when he stated that religion was the opiate of the people. I feel that the contributions and advancements of the world would have happened just as quickly if not more so if there were no religion.

Anyways, enough mumbo jumbo. Thanks for visiting, i'm just here to return the favor and check up on your work ;)

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Ben said...

The idea of religion is a good one, but to create a belief wage wars is a bad idea

http://wo0rd.blogspot.com/

Naj said...

daily love men!

Zietlos said...

This post seems familiar... Do you frequent Daylight Atheism Nigma?

Nigma said...

Not really, i wrote this.

Epic Fitness said...

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vgmtblog said...

post was great. keep it up.

the video made me think of "The Gods Must Be Crazy" for some reason.

Zietlos said...

S'ok then. I guess I must be remembering a similar story, s'all. Cargo cults really are an excellent example for religious argumentation, the prime one for how some religions form as well, so I guess I must have heard a similar use of it elsewhere.

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