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What are some examples of cults?

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addiesclone | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM via web

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What are some examples of cults?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM (Answer #1)

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In modern popular parlance, the word "cult" has come to refer to a new religious organization, usually small and tightly-knit, whose beliefs and religious practices operate outside the mainstream. Often religious cults are associated, perhaps simplistically, with groups such as the People's Temple, the group led by Jim Jones that committed mass suicide at his behest in Guyana in 1978, or the Branch Davidians, followers of David Koresh who set fire to their own compound near Waco, Texas under assault by state and federal law enforcement officials. Both of these organizations were led by highly charismatic, controlling men, and subscribed to particularly radical variants of Christianity. Because of their actions, and those of other groups such as Heaven's Gate, Aum Shunrikyo, and others, cults have become associated with mind control, strict discipline, and extreme group mentality.

Many sociologists have observed, however, that cult membership is often more closely related to family or close friendship ties with other cult members than to "brainwashing" by a group leader. Additionally, some scholars argue that the negative connotations assigned to the word "cult" stem from the desire of "mainstream" religious practitioners to marginalize members of new religious groups that they find objectionable. Perhaps the most high-profile of these organizations described as "cults" is Scientology, along with many other "new-age" religious movements that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. A less pejorative term used to describe these organizations is "new religious movements."


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jackiepaulson8 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM (Answer #2)

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A cult is where the one leader can get followers or many followers. usually Cults prey on people with low self esteem or no self esteem.  usually they have no family and are easy targets.  We are all familiar with "gangs" and it's the same thing.  Examples of cults are:

1.  Scientology

2.  KKK

3.  Mason family

4.  Masons

5.  Wicca

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palomamville | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM (Answer #3)

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destiny07 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM (Answer #4)

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Here are the craziest cults

1. Raëlism: scientifically advanced humanoid extraterrestrials created humans

2. Cargo Cults: manufactured western goods ('cargo') have been created by ancestral spirits

3. Heaven's Gate: committed suicide so that their souls could take a ride on a spaceship

4. Ho No Hana: the foot reading cult

5.Aum Shinrikyo: carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subways

6. Solar Temple: killed a baby who was "the Anti-Christ"

7. Creativity Movement: "Inferior colored races are our deadly enemies

8. Chen Tao: "God would be seen on channel 18 all across North America"

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