Ancient Religious Cults A handy atlas to cult sites, both Old World and New, and to articles, such as the Hand of Sabazius (some Greeks and Romans carried disembodied, twisted, corpse-like hands, adorned with snakes and sporting a secret compartment; luckily, the hands were bronze ... probably).
Cult: Ancient Origins A Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research and out-of-the-box perspectives. An interesting jumble of reports, many with beautiful illustrations.
Cults, a.k.a. New Religious Movements Very balanced reports on minority religions by the Religious Tolerance group. A line is drawn between well-established new religious movements and dangerous, doomsday cults.
10 of the Most Dangerous Cults Some of these cults imploded, notably, Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (Uganda), Aum Shinrikyo (Japan), Branch Davidians (Waco, Texas), and the People's Temple (Jim Jones/Guyana).
Top 10 Cults 'Cult' refers to a social group devoted to beliefs or practices outside the mainstream. Some listed here are religious, while others, notably the KKK and the Manson Family, are just murderous.
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS (NRM), SOME NOT-SO-NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, AND SOME REVITALIZED RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
About Santeria From the site, created by Cynthia Duncan: Most practitioners of Santería prefer the name Regla de Ocha or the Lucumí religion. Although it's practiced today by people all over the world, Regla de Ocha is generally defined as an Afro-Cuban religion that originated in what is today Nigeria and Benin in West Africa. The word Santería comes from Spanish and loosely translates as devotion to the saints, or santos. Many practitioners of the Regla Lucumi refer to the Orichas, or the deities of the religion, as saints or "santos." This tendency to combine terminology and concepts from Catholicism and West African religions is sometimes called religious syncretism."
The American Wiccan Describes what Wicca is--not witchcraft, as one might think--but a nature religion. From the site: "To most Wiccans, everything in Nature -- and all Goddesses and Gods -- are true aspects of Deity. The aspects most often celebrated in the Craft, however, are the Triple Goddess of the Moon (Who is Maiden, Mother and Crone) and the Horned God of the wilds. These have many names in various cultures."
Church of Satan Founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey, this site explains the beliefs of this group in the History and Theory/Practice segments.
Druids: the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids According to this site, "The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids works with Druidry as a spiritual way and practice that speaks to three of our greatest yearnings: to be fully creative in our lives, to commune deeply with the world of Nature, and to gain access to a source of profound wisdom." A useful history of Druids is included. Surprisingly, Julius Caesar is the chief authority for ancient Druidism
Hare Krishna About Krishna: "Krishna, "the all-attractive one," means the original, unique Supreme Person, the source of all that exists. God has many names, and each describes a different aspect of His personality. Allah, Vishnu, Jehovah, and God refer to His roles as creator, maintainer of the universe, and Lord of all. The name Krishna suggests the most charming and beautiful qualities of the Supreme Person, as He is, and as He appears to His most dear devotees."
Jehovah's Witnesses Who are we? From the site: 'We come from hundreds of ethnic and language backgrounds, yet we are united by common goals. Above all, we want to honor Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to imitate Jesus Christ and are proud to be called Christians. Each of us regularly spends time helping people learn about the Bible and God’s Kingdom. Because we witness, or talk, about Jehovah God and his Kingdom, we are known as Jehovah’s Witnesses."
Scientology From the site: "Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being."
Vodun (a.k.a. Voodoo) & Related Religions A description from the Religious Tolerance site: "Vodun (a.k.a. Vodoun, Voudou, Voodoo, Sevi Lwa) is commonly called Voodoo (vû'dû) by the public. The name was derived from the god Vodun of the West African Yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century Dahomey. Its roots may go back 6,000 years in Africa. That country occupied parts of today's Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Slaves brought their religion with them when they were forcibly shipped to Haiti and other islands in the West Indies."
White Goddess The White Goddess Pagan Portal from Great Britain is an online resource for Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches. There is, of course, nothing new about paganism, but this website is relatively new, set up in 2001. The term 'White Goddess' refers to the goddess of ancient fertility and the moon, whose worship is claimed by Robert Graves to be the origin of poetry.
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