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Noun: cargo cult
  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 missionaries)
  2. A religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes

Derived forms: cargo cults

Type of: cult, cultus, religious cult

Encyclopedia: Cargo cult