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The 9 Weirdest Cults in the World

Cults have been around for ages, and they amaze, terrify, and confuse us in so many ways. These groups are all about breaking from the norm and challenging long-held ideals and values. All over the wo

Cults have been around for ages, and they amaze, terrify, and confuse us in so many ways. These groups are all about breaking from the norm and challenging long-held ideals and values. All over the world, strange entities have formed and some even continue to rock the world with backwards or socially-unacceptable rituals, behaviors, and beliefs. Cults are usually made up of extremists of some form or another. Followers usually engage in odd and puzzling acts and hold bizarre beliefs. Rituals, behaviors, and interactions accompany the philosophies and laws held by these weird groups of people. Cults are formed all over the world, and some have even been mentioned in mainstream society.

Some cults are created on a seemingly sound basis, while others are completely out there and hold no proven stability or truth. Leaders and founders full of unfulfilled promises, mysterious allure, and captivating ideas pull in followers, and some cults have amassed thousands upon thousands of members.

The ten weirdest cults in the world are outlined below. Some of these groups were founded on ancient beliefs and traditions, while others were born from modern society and culture. Some cults are frightening, others are silly, and some leave us scratching our heads.

10 The Cargo Cult

Via cargocultuniversity.com

9 The Church of Maradona

Via yumiandachille.files.wordpress.com

8 The Creativity Movement

Via jewishproblem.com

7 Ho Na Hana Sanpogyo

Via 1.bp.blogspot.com

6 The Body of Christ

5 The I Am Cult

4 The Russian Cult of Gadget Hackwrench

Via divianart.com

3 Raëlism

Via upload.wikimedia.org

2 Aghori

Via gerrypacher.ch

This is a cult related to Hinduism and is said to have branched off from the Kapalika order in the 1300s. Members of this cult practice cannibalism, and followers tote around cups made from human skulls, called kapalas. They feed off of many frightening things, such as rotted food and animal excrement. Followers aim to achieve the ultimate level of enlightenment. In order to fulfill this goal, they need to carry out raw and vicious rites, ending with consuming rotting human flesh. The Aghori believe that evil does not exist, and think of everything in the world as god. Followers meet in crematories, adorn themselves in human ashes, and eat from the kapalas. They often walk around in the nude and take an ascetic view of life.

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Sources: odditycentral.com, rael.org, youtube.com, apologeticsindex.com

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