Home » Uncategorized » Meet a “cargo cult” in the South Pacific who worship an American soldier named John Frum. The cult started after American troops visited the island in WWII, with much more advanced technology than the indigenous people had ever seen. The cult believes John Frum will one day return, bringing cargo.

Meet a “cargo cult” in the South Pacific who worship an American soldier named John Frum. The cult started after American troops visited the island in WWII, with much more advanced technology than the indigenous people had ever seen. The cult believes John Frum will one day return, bringing cargo.

In John They Trust

In the morning heat on a tropical island halfway across the world from the United States, several dark-skinned men—clad in what look to be U.S. Army uniforms—appear on a mound overlooking a bamboo-hut village. One reverently carries Old Glory, precisely folded to reveal only the stars. On the command of a bearded “drill sergeant,” the flag is raised on a pole hacked from a tall tree trunk. As the huge banner billows in the wind, hundreds of watching villagers clap and cheer.

Chief Isaac Wan, a slight, bearded man in a blue suit and ceremonial sash, leads the uniformed men down to open ground in the middle of the village. Some 40 barefoot “G.I.’s” suddenly emerge from behind the huts to more cheering, marching in perfect step and ranks o… Continue Reading (17 minute read)

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