Contrary

Cargo Cults

During World War II American forces built airfields on numerous islands in stepping stone fashion to bring in supplies to the troops fighting the Japanese.

After the war, New Guinea aborigines built model airfields to entice the gods to bring them “cargo.” They had watched American soldiers build airstrips and land cargo planes, and sought to accomplish the same through sympathetic magic. Given the culture of the aborigines and their observations, anthropologists aver, making radios and observation towers out of straw and coconuts was a rational response.

The multi-cultural crowd who declare that all cultures are equal have little to say on subjects such as this.

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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