Some people associate the concept of "cult" with satanism, voodoo magic, the occult and other mystical phenomena. Other people identify the meaning of the cult as the glorification of any individual, like the cult of the Pharaoh in ancient Egypt.
Religious cult is a group of people who choose a certain person or a thing as the object of veneration. Some sects are known as the groups of uncontrolled fanatics, while some keep quiet, solitary life away from the benefits of human civilization. Most of the religious sects started out as a quite healthy organization of like-minded people without any hint of aggression, but under the influence of a strong leader has become a threat to society groupings. Vandalism, extortion, kidnapping and mass suicide are the norm for the functioning of some dangerous religious sects from the list presented to your attention below.
- Scientology. Let's start with the fact that the Church of Scientology is not actually a church. Scientologists believe that the aliens control human minds. The former adherents of Scientology often tell that in order to prove the loyalty to the cult and its leaders, people have to give huge sums of money to the organization, thereby exposing themselves and their families to the risk of bankruptcy. The richest and most famous adherent of this cult is the Hollywood actor Tom Cruise.
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- The Unification Church. The founder of this sect was the fifteen-year-old boy Sun Myung Moon, who proclaimed himself the Savior of mankind and the Messiah in 1955 in Seoul. Followers of the Unification Church believe that Moon is God, and consider South Korea a Holy place. Cultists are a particular danger to young men and women, whom they are diligently trying to force to abandon their family and normal life. The Unification Church today is prohibited in Germany.
- Ku Klux Klan. Members of the Ku Klux Klan are known throughout the world for their white robes and pointed hoods, as well as their unwavering faith in the superiority of the white race. The heyday of the influence of the sect came in the 60-ies of the last century, when, during the Civil war, the supporters of the KKK attacked and killed hundreds of African-Americans, Jews and Catholics in their violent "cleansing". The ideology of the clan has not changed, and although the number of members decreased significantly, the sect still exists today.
- The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. The leaders of this cult formed in Uganda were preaching that the end of the world was supposed to happen on January 1st, 2000. The sect strictly followed the ten commandments of God, rarely spoken to each other, fasted and avoided intimate relationships. When on January 1st the world did not end, the cult began to lose followers, whereby the leaders moved the date of the Apocalypse to the March. On the appointed day the cultists locked themselves in the Church and committed collective suicide. About 500 people burned to death.
- Aum Shinrikyo. The cult was founded in 1984 by the Japanese Shoko Asahara under the guise of a club of yoga and meditation. After some time the members of Aum Shinrikyo became suspects of financial fraud, and even murder. In response to these accusations, Asahara released a dangerous poison gas on one of the stations of the Tokyo metro. The leader of the group was arrested, and the police found a huge quantity of weapons, explosives, chemical weapons and several hostages in his house.
- Children of God. The members of this destructive religious cult believe that sex with children is not only not prohibited, but mandatory. There was an extensive history of sexual abuse within this cult. Young women were turned towards prostitution and used to lure new members into the fold.
- Order of the Solar Temple. The foundation of this cult is the belief in the existence of Knights Templar, and that salvation is possible only after death. The sect was founded in 1984 by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret. In 1994, the activists of the order killed the baby, insisting that he was the Antichrist. Mass suicide is also a characteristic behavior of the followers of the cult. Almost all of them bequeathed their money and property to the leaders of the group.
- Branch Davidians. Branch Davidians is a totalitarian religious group, whose leader is David Koresh. He declared himself the Messiah who has the right to have sexual relationship with any female member of the sect. The members of the Branch Davidians believe that all who are not converted to their faith are the enemies of God. In 1994, Koresh and his followers settled in a huge barn near the town of Waco in Texas. Authorities found out that the barn was the scene of child rape and tried to disperse the cultists. The fire broke out and killed 76 people.
- The People’s Temple. The preacher and the founder of the cult of Jim Jones was a follower of Marxism and a very charismatic speaker. He hated rich people. The number of his followers was getting bigger and the government of the United States forced him to leave the country, and he went to Guyana. One November day in 1978, Jones and 900 followers committed the most massive in the history of mankind suicide by drinking the juice that was poisoned with cyanide.
- Heaven’s Gate. The followers of this pseudo-religious cult believe that salvation can only be gained by "great processing" which is suicide. The group leaders Marshall Applewhite, a former Broadway actor, and Bonnie Nels shot a video with full instructions on to how to do it best. In 1997, Applewhite declared that the comet Haley was a sacred sign, so he and 38 cult members committed suicide.
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