It seems that in recent history that we have had cults and death interlinked…..Heaven’s Gate, Jonestown, some Japanese bunch….point being cults are serious business….we have religious cults, cults of personality, etc……but have they always been around?
I found a historic look at cults that we probably never heard of…..
When you think of a “cult,” you may imagine some of the modern-day groups that believe in aliens or think that their leader is the second coming of Jesus Christ. Well, it turns out that human beings have been joining cults and heretic religions for thousands of years. Many of them have been totally forgotten by the average person, and you may have never been taught about these religions in history class. Here are 10 of the most shocking cults from ancient history.
10. The Skoptsy
Nearly every Christian-based religion has looked down upon having any kind of sex outside of marriage at some point or another, believing we should reserve the deed for having children. After all, lust is considered to be one of the seven deadly sins, and “thou shall not commit adultery” is one of the Ten Commandments. But one Russian cult from the 1800s called the Skoptsy took this rule so far they believed that you should never get it on — even if you’re married
Believe it or not, the Skoptsy is estimated to have had up to a million followers during their heyday. They encouraged their followers to remove any body parts that may lead them to lust. Men would castrate themselves, and women would have mastectomies. The founder of the cult, Kondraty Selivanov, had the audacity to approach Tsar Paul I, saying, “I am not the father of sin: Accept my act and I will recognize you as my son.” After this incident, the Tsar had him committed to an insane asylum, and the cult fell apart soon after. Today, there are no remaining members of the Skoptsy, which shouldn’t come as a surprise at all, considering that they wouldn’t have been able to have children to pass their beliefs on to.
I am sure that there is a cult waiting to happen as I type…..they will always be with us..
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