PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Toward Independence

"If you do not vote for me, God will be angry and you will go to hell." That was the imperative campaign slogan adopted by two candidates, who also happened to be pastors. A leader of the popular "cargo cult," which preaches that some day a fleet of airplanes will bring the white man's goods to deserving natives, also invoked the Almighty. He assured voters that he had been nominated by God to be the first President of Papua New Guinea. A Bougainville Island sorcerer held a conjuring ceremony to make the...

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