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Cult Leaders You Really Don’t Want to Mess With

When you think of cults, you probably don’t think of their leaders unless they’re really, really scary human beings. Since most cult activity is fairly quiet in the U.S. right now, you may not be familiar with some of the really scary, probably insane cult leaders there are in history and throughout the world. Here’s a short list to make sure you don’t sleep tonight. Charles Manson  Manson started the “Manson Family,” a group of followers who believed he would carry them through...

Four Strangest Things Cults Believe

We all know cults believe some crazy stuff, but do you know just how crazy? A Spaceship Will Take us Home  Many cults are based on the belief that our souls, energy, or even entire bodies will be transported to a mothership when we die. For example, Scientology actually believes that we were placed here by aliens as a test, and we must gain our rights back to the Galactic Federation by proving our worth on Earth. Other cults that believe something similar include Heaven’s Gate (which told...

How Are Cults Still a Thing?

 You have undoubtedly read about a cult or two in your day, but you probably don’t even understand how those few survived as long as they did. You may find yourself wondering, “How do cults still exist? Don’t people know they are bad ideas?” You would think in this age of information that people would be a little less gullible, but every year about 20 new “religions” pop up asking for recognition by the federal government. So the question is “How?” Seeking Religious...

The Cults Who Would Believe Anything

Of course, for most of us it’s hard to believe that anyone could believe a cult because their ideas are so outlandish. However, there are a few groups that make even the craziest of cults look normal. The Shakers Many people know of the Quakers, a nearly silent, pacifist religion that formed in New England when the first settlers arrived on American soil. The Shakers, however, were called so because they would dance erratically during church services, and were much more matriarchy-based...

The Deadliest Cults in the World

Plenty of cults are intimidating and more than slightly fascinating from a psychological perspective. It’s hard to believe that anyone would ever join a cult, let alone kill for one, right? Wrong. A large majority of cults find followers who would be willing to do just that. The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God Everyone remembers the Y2K scare- the fear that computers and everything would proceed to shut down as of January 1, 2000. The Ugandan followers for the...