There are many types of cults in the world, cults are
everywhere but you just do not see them. Every person in
the world has been in contact with them in one way or
another in many cases you cannot see them. The closest cult
we know of is on Rice Lake called the Moonies led by
Reverend Myung, where I have currently visited. Cults can
be involved in churches and even are earliest religions are
called cults. Cults are not the strongest groups' sects are
the strongest group. When you join a sect you cannot get
out of them but a cult you can leave without having any
problem or commitment. Sects will not let you out because
many times it's illegal and they are afraid that you will
say something to the public. Cults sometimes are illegal

Religious cults are in every town and village there is no
definition of a cult that is accepted by sociologists and
psychologist or religion many types of activities will take
cult like structures, an example would be any popular trend
like physical exercise this is called the physical fitness
cult. Famous athletes are a big figure when it comes to
cults, many times Movie stars, professional athletes will
endorse a product and a trend will start, making it turn
into a cult. Also people who generate beliefs of something
like flying saucer, aliens or any unknown figures can be
cult. In religion when people call a church they are
referring to a sacred organization having a highly
structured or formalized dogma and hierarchy, but also
allowing a bit of flexibility about membership requirements
allowing you to go to a church and leave church when you
want to. Although sects are against church attempts to
accommodate to secular society. Sects believe that they are
protecting a true faith or belief. Sects tend to stay away
from world events , and also they believe in a strong
strict behavioral code and demand a commitment out of their
people. The differences between cults and sects are
sometimes the same. Many scholars do not make distinctions
between the two. Cults are different because they do not
expect as much commitment. Many times' cults do not expect
couples to become apart. Cults do not last as long as
sects. Many times' cults survive through a decade, and also
cults allow you to come and go as you want. Leaders of
cults build around a charismatic leader who has a lifestyle
dedicated to a specific spirituality group that they know
other people will follow. The word Mormonism began as a
small cult then grew bigger until it became a sect and
eventually into a church. All the new religions followed
the same thing by beginning small and getting bigger than
becoming a church. Contemporary Cults Cults go back as far
as we know of life, cults began to get bigger and be known
throughout the world in the late 1960's and early 70's as
people were better educated and better understood how they
were formed and how they were run and people began to join.
During this time Youths and middle class people began to
join cults because of the in thing to do and they felt more
secure about themselves. Cults really started to fascinate
people when Jimmy Jones cult began in November of 1978 when
all attention was focused on the mass suicide in Jonestown,
a similar event happened in 1993 when federal agents
engaged in a shoot out with cult leader David Koresh.
Modern cults have many different practices and many
different ways of leadership. Some cults have a flexible
functional leadership, like the groups in the charismatic
movement coming from the mainland Christian religion, other
cults have people who run and orchestrate cult events, like
Reverend Myung Moon leader of the unification church. The
reason people are attracted to modern cults because it puts
emphasis on community and on direct experience with the
divine. In cults' participants often find a level of social
support and acceptance that they do not find in a nuclear
family. This makes and generates a sense of belonging to
something profound and a feel of being somebody. People who
often join cults such as this, join because they think they
are getting something the world did not give them. Several
factors have been looked at to figure why people like are
modern youths join cults. Factors that were looked at were
drug's war assignation of many unpopular presidents. 

have been questioned about brainwashing people, and found it to be true. Cargo Cults Cargo cults are usually neutralist and are in it for money. The word cargo refers to foreign goods possessed by Europeans. Cult members believe that goods belong to themselves and that , with the help of ancestral spirits, the goods can be returned to them through magic religious means. Brainwashing Brainwashing is the process of deliberately subjecting people to physical and psychological hardship in order to alter their thoughts and attitudes, and actions. It also is a process of totally cleaning a mind of one set idea and replacing them by another thought or belief. This is called to indoctrinate cleaning a thought and putting a completely new thought in mind. Indoctrinating can take place without brainwashing. There are 2 aspects of brainwashing they are confessions of past crimes or errors of the past and re-education to new beliefs. Prisoners sometimes are made to confess by lack of sleep and food and other forms of intense physical discomfort, also isolation from victims' families and from familiar surroundings. Cult leaders show obedience, and humility and make other members give social pressure to the new member to make them join. And the last thing they do is make mutual criticism and self criticism sessions, which make them have a generalized guilt feeling that all people have acceptance of new ideas is again fostered by group pressure and the anticipated reward of freedom. People who have a better understanding of psychology and neuophysiology have made larger groups create extremely effective brainwashing programs. Their techniques however have been used for centuries as inquisition making people give excited confessions from alleged heretics. Religions sometimes use these methods like scourging, rhythmic dancing and drumming and sometimes inducing a trance like state in which the individual is open to conversion. In the 20th centuries, most noticeably by the people's temple of Guyana, whose membership committed mass suicide. Mystery Cults Mystery Cults are usually in the ancient times whose members believed that by means of the performance of particular secret rituals they would gain knowledge that people in the normal world would not have and that would make a mystical union with the divine. Mystery cults make their members feel they are god and give them a feel of immortality that they cannot be destroyed. Many times in mystery cults, cult leaders feel they died and were brought back to be god or Jesus. Conclusion In today's society, cults are one of the many unfortunate aspects endure in life. Leaders of Cults should be dealt with in a more serious matter. Cult leaders are con-artists and are people that like to control others. Cults should be controlled to protect innocent citizens from being taken advantage of. Bibliography CDROM: Religious Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993 CDROM: Contemporary Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993. CDROM: Cargo Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993. CDROM: Contemporary Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993. CDROM: Religious Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993. CDROM :Contemporary Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc..1993 CDROM :Contemporary Cults . Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc..1993 CDROM Cargo Cults . Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc ..1993


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