Millenarian Movements

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  • Bruce: Millenarian movements
    • They're an example to change things here and now and bring about the kingdom of God on Earth.
    • Worsley: They expect the total and imminent transformation of this world by supernatural means, creating heaven on earth.
    • Appeal mainly to the poor because they promise immediate improvement, and they often arise in colonial situations.
    • European Colonialism shattered the traditional tribal social structures and cultures of the colanised people.
      • Studied "cargo cults," (millenarian movements in Melanesia) where islanders felt deprived when 'cargo,' (material goods) arrived in the islands for the colonists.
        • "Cargo Cults," asserted that the cargo was meant for the natives but had been diverted by the whites for themselves, and that this was about to be overturned.
        • These movements often led to widespread unrest


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