During World War II numerous indigenous people of the islands of the Pacific Ocean, who previously had no contact with other civilizations, suddenly witnessed history’s most devastating and hitherto technologically advanced war being fought right on their door steps.
Japanese and Allied Forces arrived with heavy machinery and plenty of supplies to set up bases all around the Pacific Ocean, some close to people who had little to no interaction with modern technology before.
Where soldiers maintained friendly relations with the locals, the supplies and technology they brought made their way into villages. Machinery, radios, electric light, and spectacles were passed around, and the people witnessed ceremonies like flag-raising, parades, and flare-guided airplane landings.
To the locals, these events were indistinguishable from magic, and the people attempted to explain them alongside the existing social, cultural, and religious experiences they held. A common belief was that the soldiers had a special relationship with the ancient gods of the islanders, and the gods were rewarding them with gifts from heaven.
As the war ended and soldiers left their former bases, local people, still unknowing of the processes behind their recent experiences, began to imitate the behavior of soldiers in an attempt to