Death cults were around in 1914

‘Whatever cult of the fallen was invented afterwards to invoke the Australian people’s perpetual care for the Anzacs in death, their neglect of them in life was starkly revealed in the plunge into war in July-August 1914. Constantly confronted, as Australians may be, with a pantheon of heroes, it is loyalty to those in the pantheon that should inspire them to think critically about the nation’s descent into war – in the past, in the present, and in the future’. Douglas Newton, Hell-bent: Australia’s Leap into the Great War (2014)

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