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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  1. el_gabacho_borracho

    Well it looks like I shall be accumulating some cargo, planning a trip to the South Pacific, and running a grift until I’m found out and set afloat on a raft.

  2. Dexter_Thiuf

    They interviewed the leader and asked how long they planned on waiting seeing how it had been over fifty years. He laughed and said Christians had been waiting over two thousand years. He’s got a point….

  3. SteelMarch

    So this is where the star trek scene comes from.

  4. Aqquila89

    Another cult on the same island [worships Prince Philip](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Philip_Movement), the husband of Queen Elizabeth.

    >According to ancient Yaohnanen tales, the son of a mountain spirit travelled over the seas to a distant land. There, he married a powerful woman and in time would return to them. He was sometimes said to be a brother to John Frum.

    >The people of the Yaohnanen area believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being. They had seen the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by the colonial officials and concluded that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son referred to in their legends.

  5. futilitaria

    Wait until you learn about the cargo cult related to insurance and khaki pants, the return of “Jake Frum.”

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