• Short Summary

    Three concrete survey markers have been removed from a mist-shrouded mountain in Papua New Guinea by members of a "cargo cult" who believe their action will lead to tribal prosperity.

  • Description

    Three concrete survey markers have been removed from a mist-shrouded mountain in Papua New Guinea by members of a "cargo cult" who believe their action will lead to tribal prosperity.

    The cult grew after an American survey team erected the markers in 1962. Since that time, according to cult leaders, tribes in the area have known nothing but hardship -- crops have failed and game has dropped away. They believe that the survey markers held the secret of prosperity and only their removal would pave the way for a better life.

    Headquarters of the cult is in villages around Mt Turo in a mountainous region of Papua New Guinea, rarely visited by white travellers. Cult leaders displayed nearly $30,000 (Aust) gathered from adherents. They say this is being sought by an American church group to "promote world peace."
    The cult gathered for special prayers at the foot of the mountain before claiming 4000 feet to the summit and removing the last of the three concrete markers. Removal of the first two markers filed to bring instant prosperity for the tribe, but cult leaders say that progress will be steady now that the mountain has been cleared.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEU3H3MDYR6F5UL19CZ09YO37A
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU3H3MDYR6F5UL19CZ09YO37A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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