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People living on a remote island saw planes for the first time and created a religion based on them

A religion that actually appears to worship aircraft was started by a group of people who saw their first plane fly over Vanuatu, which is a remote island in the South Pacific of Australia, during the Second World War. Strange, is it not?
After the planes had delivered food and supplies to the islanders, the group finally began to believe that cargo would soon be brought to them by a Messiah. Consequently, whenever they just saw a plane fly overhead they would actually build a replica and that too in the hope of more bounty coming their way.
The islanders did not actually know where the objects were really coming from; which led them to believe that these objects were actually derived from magic. The religion was initially discovered in the year 1946 by the Australian government patrols, and there are just a few but diverse number of cargo religions that are actually left.
Notably, one of the cargo sects is usually referred to as the John Frum movement due to the fact that they believe in Frum, which a seemingly fictional First World War serviceman is the Messiah who is sent from God.

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Ian Haworth, who is an expert in the cult psychology, told indy100: “There are five characteristics that make up a cult. A cult is a group using forced techniques of cohesion using psychology and other forms.
“I would suggest that doesn’t sound like a cult, that’s not a cult in our definition. They have adopted a system of worship.”
Haworth actually suggests that the entire group is “more a sect and not a cult”.
He further added: “Sects are found in all religions. However, cults have a pyramid structure with an authoritative figure at the top.”

Dr Richard Feynman, who is an astrophysicist, actually described the cult in his paper in the year 1974 and he said: “During the war the [cargo religion] saw airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to imitate things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head like headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas — he’s the controller — and they wait for the airplanes to land.
“They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land. So I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they’re missing something essential, because the planes don’t land.”

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