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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 Pisin _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 increased, 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>. zHANg