Cargo Cult/ Kago Muvmen (was Re: various infotaining natlang tidbits)
|From:||Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 14, 2000, 19:27|
In a message dated 2000/06/14 03:33:10 PM, >Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen
CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked) wrote:
>To me, this text implies that the Cargo Cult waned again after WW II.
>But I don't know how fast, and further 'research' (following some
>links from that page) does shows that it is still alive.
> The Cargo Cult is definitely a holdover from WWII. During WWII, many
"NiuGini" people acted as guides, Coastwatchers, rescuers & armed partisans
for the Allies against the Japanese occuppiers. The Cargo Cult habit of doing
drills, army-style hierarchy & rank, uniforms, etc. comes from these roots.
Many of the early Cargo Cult leaders were in fact veterans and heroes of the
war against the Japanese.
>Anyway --- whoever used the term 'Tok Pisin from the Cargo Cult days'
>(approximate quote) will know what period they were thinking of.
> The "Golden Age" or "hayday" of the Cargo Cult (or as said/written in Tok
_Kago Muvmen_) is from about 1945 to the early 1970's.
As "urban" Tok Pisin (or _"Wantok" Tok Pisin_ - "Wantok" being the weekly
newspaper written totally in Tok Pisin) spred and educational resources
the _Kago Muvmen_ lost its popularity and attraction.
Also a factor is bitter disillusionment with EuroAmerican things and a
new _Ol-Pasifik muvmen_ <all-Pacific movement> callin' for _Nuklui-Fri
Pasifik_ <Nuclear-Free Pacific>.