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cargo cult

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
1.
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 adherents.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
cargo cultist, noun
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cargo cult

noun
1.
a religious movement of the SW Pacific, characterized by expectation of the return of spirits in ships or aircraft carrying goods that will provide for the needs of the followers
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