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    4 Strange Cults

    Post by SPADEZ on Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:29 pm

    Cult-like behavior (read, religion) is
    one of humankind’s oldest preoccupations. Whether centered on God, gods,
    aliens, or energy forces, people have always been willing to believe
    and subsequently sacrifice for what they believe in. Here are a few of
    the strangest yet on record:
    1. Heaven’s Gate



    A monastical, secretive society,
    dedicated to the belief that the Planet Earth was on the verge of
    recycling itself, and therefore it was important to evacuate it as soon
    as possible. Based on leader Marshall Applewhite’s near death
    experience, and his attending nurse’s instability, the cult began
    searching for ways to disconnect from or to leave Earth, including
    “hating this world, even our flesh body”, selling all worldly
    possessions, castration of males, and most famously, leaving on a
    spaceship trailing comet Halle-Bop. Well known (and criticized) among
    UFO groups, Heaven’s Gate was propelled to infamy in 1997, when thirty
    nine members committed mass suicide, in attempt to jump on a spaceship
    that Applewhite alleged was following the comet. Apparently, the UFO
    would pick up the kamikaze souls, and take them to another level of
    existence. To prepare, the group allegedly first completed a citrus
    cleanse of the impurities in the body, and then ingested a cocktail of
    applesauce or pudding, phenobarbital, and a vodka chaser, then tied
    plastic bags around their heads to induce asphyxiation. The thirty nine
    were found on March 26, 1997, in matching black sweatsuits, brand new
    matching Nikes (in case they were running a little late?), with five
    dollars in quarters and a purple armband reading “Heaven’s Gate Away
    Team.”



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    2. Mormonism



    It’s almost impossible to leave the
    state of Utah without seeing one of the enormous temples, or to turn on
    the television on Sunday mornings without being offered a Bible from the
    Church of Latter Day Saints, Masquerading under a guise of only mild
    delusion, the reality of this religion is a little less beneficent.
    Focused on a God who came from another planet, and now lives in heaven
    with his goddess wife, continuously birthing all souls, the first of
    which was Jesus and the second the devil, Mormonism began in the 1820
    with founder Joseph Smith Jr.’s writing of the Book of Mormon. Ignoring
    the evolution of Christian doctrine, Mormonism retreats back to
    primitive Christian beliefs, considering other factions as corrupted
    from the real ‘truth”. Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers, who both
    proposed a plan for saving humanity. Jesus won out, but was unable to
    completely cleanse all sins, so it is still necessary to prove yourself
    to get into heaven, Each member of the church is given a special piece
    of underwear, a “garment” that he or she must wear at all times,
    representing the “religious conviction” of the wearer. The church
    leaders are considered as receiving direct communication from God (which
    comes in handy when LDS philosophy becomes outmoded, such as the
    outlawing of polygamy in the late 19th century and the admission of
    African American members in 1978). All people carry a memory of
    everything they have ever done in their bodies, and this will be used by
    God to judge which level of heaven they will enter. Each male member
    may eventually, through “good” behavior, such as tithing, not drinking
    coffee or alcohol, not eating a lot of chicken, and having a bunch of
    babies, become a god himself. Women are allowed the dubious honor of
    bearing their husband’s spirit children forever.



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    3. Breatharianism



    lthough general medicine, common sense,
    etc. would generally place people who don’t eat within the confines of
    the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, Breatharians are led to depriving
    themselves of food by “spirituality”. Led by Jasmuheen (aka Ellen
    Greve), a housewife with a refrigerator loaded to the gills (for her
    husband, of course), and Wiley Brooks, a man who could lift ten times
    his body weight in 1980 (shown on the TV show “That’s Incredible!”), the
    Breatharians believe that a person can “live on light”–eating nothing
    but air, and allowing the divine to feed them, using chi, prana, or
    energy from sunlight, depending on the extent of immersion in New Age
    mumbo jumbo the individual Breatharian is. Eventually, your body turns
    into your “light body” in a miraculous ascension to a divine
    plain–Jasmuheen claims to have stretched her DNA from a mere 2 strands
    to a whopping 12 to absorb more hydrogen–although she refused to undergo
    genetic testing to prove this miraculous development. Breatharians
    quickly go on to clarify that they eat because they want to, not because
    they have to. Of course! This explains Jasmuheen’s full fridge, and the
    1983 sighting of Wiley Brooks exiting a gas station with a Slurpee, hot
    dog, and Twinkies (because his environment is so full of junk, he also
    must fill himself with junk–this also from the guy who thinks Diet Coke
    is “liquid light”). Jasmuheen, in a 60 Minutes interview in 1999,
    stated, of the practice: “I don’t advocate it–in fact I’ve spent three
    years traveling the world telling people that it’s completely
    unnecessary.” Jasmuheen’s beliefs were put to the test, and she
    attempted to prove her beliefs to the world. She was put in a hotel
    room, under guard, for four days, at the end of which she was extremely
    dehydrated, and headed towards kidney failure. Yet, these travels have
    racked up, as she goes on to claim, about a hundred million supporters,
    and over 6000 active participants in her own personal plan. The 60
    Minutes interview goes on to quote Dr. David Millikins, who put the
    point quite bluntly: “If people believe it, then they’re going to die”.
    Unfortunately, this is too true, with at least three documented deaths
    reported thus far.



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    4. Dionysian Mysteries



    Who would have thought that a cult could
    arise out of a group of women waking up and thinking : “I was so wasted
    last night…what happened?” The cults of Dionysus, cloaked in mystery
    due to their secretive nature, and mostly comprised of women members,
    did just that. Attaching the god of wine to their drunken escapades, the
    Ancient Greeks formed an astonishingly bizarre set of ritualistic,
    orgiastic practices to hide their burgeoning alcoholism. Essentially,
    these Dionysians would drink themself into a stupor (“trance” or “spirit
    possession”) and proceed to really get wild, engaging in group sex and
    role playing. They also were initial proponents of metempsychosis, the
    transmigration of souls from body to body, during their group sessions.
    The bestial possession of their bodies by the spirit of Dionysus
    supposedly caused their wanton behaviors. Comprised of secret and public
    rites, the Dionysians made a religion out of their debauchery
    (literally–the word derives from the Roman name for Dionysus, Bacchus).
    A.E. Waite, in the New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, writes of the
    alleged rituals of the cult:
    “Whatsoever may have remained to represent the original intent of the
    rites, regarded as Rites of Initiation, the externalities and practice
    of the Festivals were orgies of wine and sex: there was every kind of
    drunkenness and every aberration of sex, the one leading up to the
    other. Over all reigned the Phallus, which – in its symbolism a rebours –
    represented post ejaculation the death-state of Bacchus, the god of
    pleasure, and his resurrection when it was in forma errecta. Of such was
    the sorrow and of such the joy of these Mysteries.”



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    Source: http://www.paranormalhaze.com/4-strange-cults/#78



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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Teacrazer on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:41 pm

    Out of all those cults... The first one is by far the most insane!! I can't understand how people will believe that they need to go in a spaceship and put bags over themselves = suicide!! Sad That is very sad and those people who have followed I hope they had lived a somewhat fullfilling life, because that is a tragic way to end ones' self.
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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Vicky on Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:58 pm

    indeed tea hugs
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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:31 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aum_Shinrikyo
    How could you forget to mention the infamously notorious Aum cult from jp?! They should be number one since they were terrorists! They did sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway! Not to mention killing a woman and child! By far the strangest cult when I learned that the leader used to sell his bathwater, dubbing it Miracle Pond for your consumption.



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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Ben Wars on Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:24 am

    Thats really strange PyroPheonix. its sad that some idiots bought his bathwater thinking it was a miracle... how do some people even get away with this stuff??? :\
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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Meesh on Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:25 pm

    Heaven's Gate= CRAZY mofos with sensible footwear.

    Mormonism= I heard some guy was spoken to by God through a rock that he kept under his hat at all times. o_o And the prob isn't with the regular mormons..I've actually seen one of the temples down near Hollywood. They have a huuuuge gold statue sitting on top of the roof. I also heard that their church is one of the richest as well. Anyway..it's the fundamentalist mormons that there's a problem with. Fundamentalist Mormons= manwhores. Excuses to cheat on your wife and to make it seem like pedophilin' is ok. Hell no. gtfo. It sucks for regular mormons because they have to deal with being associated with the fundamentalists for those that don't really know too much about the religion. Well, whatev..the fundamentalist mormons will never find out about my post. Internet is evil and computers don't exist in their world. Suck it. t(-_-)

    Breatharianism= ... um.. :wonders if they ate farts, would their airy meals be more substantial with an ounce of caloric value: depends on how big the fart i guess and what ya ate ;x

    Dyonisian- cheers If I had to choose, I'd choose this one. lool. Any excuse to drink? Dude got drunk and proclaimed the feeling as a religion, so it's ok guys! wait, I didn't read the entire thing..lol orgies of wine and sex? oh weerrd?? J/K J/K lmao Interesting...

    ** oh, and in response to Pyro's post about drinking someone's bathwater.... W T F ?!





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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Teacrazer on Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:28 pm

    Mormons are not all bad. I've actually went to a mormon church kinda awkard being the only other ethic face among that crowd =/. But in all they seemed niced. Only crazy up tight Mormons would be up in Utah of high concentration. I hear they believe drinking caffine is wrong like alchohol annd such and basically to go up to heaven is to do no wrong in life =/.. inevitably impossible
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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Titan on Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:26 am

    At least mormons don't believe their god came to earth in a DC-8.
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    Re: 4 Strange Cults

    Post by Meesh on Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:30 am

    Teacrazer wrote:Mormons are not all bad. I've actually went to a mormon church kinda awkard being the only other ethic face among that crowd =/. But in all they seemed niced. Only crazy up tight Mormons would be up in Utah of high concentration. I hear they believe drinking caffine is wrong like alchohol annd such and basically to go up to heaven is to do no wrong in life =/.. inevitably impossible

    Agreed, not all Mormons are bad. Just the Fundamentalists. Although the 'regular' Mormons don't consume caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages as well.






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