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Cargo Cult by Vlad Sokhin

A boy drinks coconut water near the Red Cross symbol in Ipeukel (Sulfur Bay) village. Red Cross is the most sacral symbol of the John Frum’s movement. The sign was adopted from the red cross symbol of the American military medical corps, when medicaments were freely distributed to the natives during the World War II.

A cargo cult is a religious practice in Melanesia. It focuses on obtaining the “cargo” (material wealth) from the Western World through magic and religious rituals and practices. Cargo cult followers believe that the cargo was destined to them by their ancestors, but crafty Western people unfairly took possession of it.

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