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Mambu : A Melanesian Millennium (Revised) (Hardcover) (Kenelm Burridge)

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Perhaps the most famous modern-day millenarian movements are the "cargo cults" of Melanesia, active especially during the 1930s and 1950s. Melanesians had long believed that the sign of the millennium would be the arrival of their ancestors in ships bearing lavish material goods, and they interpreted the advent of European vessels as the fulfillment of these expectations. As it became apparent that the Europeans meant to keep the goods and to colonize the people, scores of small-scale revolts known as cargo cults emerged as attempts to secure the cargo and thereby preserve the people's most cherished religious beliefs: native aspirations for individual and cultural redemption fastened on local charismatic leaders, of whom Mambu was the greatest.

Originally published in 1995.

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Edition: Revised
Number of Pages: 296
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / Cultural
Series Title: Princeton Legacy Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Kenelm Burridge
Language: English
Street Date: April 19, 2016
TCIN: 51241149
UPC: 9780691631738
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-0795
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