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Cargo cults surged in popularity during World War II, when troops - mostly British and American - arrived in the Pacific islands of Melanesia to set up temporary camps and shelters. Most of the cults disappeared over time , particularly as the people who were once members became Christian instead or were fully colonized by other countries. However, some cargo cults still exist, mostly on islands in the Vanuatu chain, as well as in Papua New Guinea. 

Several factions of the cargo cults split off—one cargo cult on Tanna Island in Vanuatu worships the Jesus-like figure “John Frum,” whose name likely originated with the phrase “I am John from (Cincinnati),” and became an identifier. Another cargo cult on Tanna worships Tom Navy, clearly originating from a Naval officer who “blessed” that people with his gifts of Industry. Yet another worships Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.


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