Cults• Most religions begin as a cult, and slowly become a “religion” as they get more respect from the world.
Are cults bad?• Most cults are not harmful. They are peaceful and not dangerous• But many people are afraid of cults, because a cult is usually new and different from normal.
Characteristics of Cults• 1. A guru becomes worshipped instead of the ways of the religion• 2. It tries to change peoples ways of thinking and brainwash them.• 3. They take people’s money and abuse them sexually.
The Aum Shinrikyosect is a Japanesecult based onBuddhism, Hinduismand Christianity.The leader wasAsahara Shoko.He told people hewas Christreincarnated.
Tokyo Sarin GasAttacksOn March 20, 1995Aum Shinrikyomembers releasedsarin gas on Tokyosubways.13 people died and 50were injured.They wanted to causean armageddon.
Katsuya TakahashiThe last criminalfrom the Aumshinrikyo attackwas arrested inJapan a fewweeks ago.
David Koreshand the BranchDavidiansDavid Koreshconvincedpeople he wasthe secondcoming ofJesus.
Waco, TexasThe Americangovernment attackedthe Branch Davidiancommunity in 1993.There was a gunfightand fire.At least 85 peopledied.
Heaven’s Gate Cult In 1997, 39 cult members committed suicide.They lived an ascetic life. They wanted to go to a spaceship in a comet.
Group SuicideThey all killed themselves by drinking poison.They all had a purple cloth on their face andwore the same sneakers.
Jonestown 900 people died by drinking a poison sugar drink.