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KikiteNeko
12-05-2008, 12:06 AM
What do you guys know about cults? Links to articles would be great. I'm looking for the kind of cult that would lure in teenagers as opposed to adults. No suicide rituals or eating each other or anything too over the top, but something like unorthodox diets and religious habits, maybe even tattoos, anything like that.

Sarpedon
12-05-2008, 12:25 AM
Visit your local college campus, you'll find plenty of cults that target young people there. Or you could look at this website: http://www.cultwatch.com/

You might try the Raelians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raelism

How about Reverend Moon's Unification church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unification_church

Or if you like the unorthodox diet bit, try the Breatharians, who believe that eating is unnecessary for the sufficiently enlightened.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breatharians

Though of course, if you are writing fiction, you might want to make up your own cult, because some of the ones I listed would sue your pants off if they think you are writing anything derogatory about them.

KikiteNeko
12-05-2008, 12:42 AM
Though of course, if you are writing fiction, you might want to make up your own cult, because some of the ones I listed would sue your pants off if they think you are writing anything derogatory about them.

Thanks for the links! Good stuff.. I am intenting to make it up, but I want to get an idea of how they go. As opposed to a bunch of kids committing suicide in their Nikes, ya know?

HeronW
12-05-2008, 12:43 AM
Then there's the Branch Davidians, Jim Jones, etc.

blacbird
12-05-2008, 12:57 AM
Thanks for the links! Good stuff.. I am intenting to make it up, but I want to get an idea of how they go.

Almost all center around a single charismatic megalomaniac sociopath (commonly a Son of God, a la David Koresh), attracting vulnerable insecure people, and ultimately demanding total obedience and subservience. For some, that includes willingness to die for the cause or for the leader. Other characteristics include an obsession with secrecy, group paranoia, control of material assets of acolytes, and endless overwhelming indoctrination and mind-control.

Some names you might want to research on would include Koresh, Jim Jones (as mentioned), Marshall Applewhite, David Berg, Ervil LeBaron, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Jeffrey Lundgren, Adolfo Costanzo.

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stc
12-05-2008, 01:37 AM
Read

"Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard"
By Russell Miller

http://www.amazon.com/Bare-faced-Messiah-Russell-Miller/dp/0718127641
http://www.nots.org/
http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/bfm/bfmconte.htm

Be sure to read about the cult's attempts to suppress this book.

Ciera_
12-05-2008, 01:58 AM
The one in my neighbourhood is excellent. You should come on down, check it out. Initiation is a little rough, but I've found that if you plug your nose, the squirrel blood goes down easier. Bake sale is on Monday, but don't bring rice crispy squares...Everyone brings those >.>

Tsu Dho Nimh
12-05-2008, 07:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnNSe5XYp6E

And google for Rick Ross or Isaac Bonewits cult evaluation form.

StephanieFox
12-05-2008, 08:34 AM
Bonewits is a good resource. Isaac is a Neo-Pagan which put him in the 'free thinker' camp. He wrote this back in the late 1970s or early '80s. Here's the link to the evaluation.
http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html

There used to be an organization called the Cult Awareness Network, but the rumor is that they were taken over by Scientologists and are using it as a front. I don't know if that is true. I did an article on them a long time ago, when they were holding a conference locally. They were primarily interested in groups who used brainwashing to lure and keep people. I tried to find a good link, but a lot of them ended up being religious groups pushing their own agenda.
Good luck!