10 Strangest Cults in Human History

When people talk about cults, we often mention
the most tragic stories that make major news headlines. However, there are plenty of cults out there
that taught their followers things that were completely ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that so many followers
agreed to go along with these teachings, but they totally have. Here are 10 of the strangest cults that have
ever existed. 10. Ashtar Galactic Command We know what you’re thinking… Ashtar Galactic Command sounds like the title
of a failed space opera on the SyFy Channel, right? Nope… it’s the name of a cult. According to their official website, “The
Ashtar Command is the airborne division of the Great Brother/Sisterhood of Light, under
the administrative direction of Commander Ashtar and the spiritual guidance of Lord
Sananda, our Commander-in-Chief, know to Earth as Jesus the Christ.” They go on to say that their Galactic Command
has “millions of starships” from vast civilizations throughout the galaxy. Human beings are about to go through a cycle
of planetary cleansing and “polar realignment.” So, if we want to be saved, we have to learn
how to ascend into the fifth dimension in beams of light. In 1977, a TV broadcast in England was interrupted
by the voice of Vrillon, the head of Ashtar Galactic Command, where cult leadership tried
to trick people into believing that this was actually coming from an alien life form. 9. British Israelism As if British people didn’t have enough
power and control with their Empire, they also wanted to take credit for being the holiest
people in the world. The cult of British Israelism teaches that
all of the original inhabitants of Israel came from England. (Talk about taking colonialism to an entirely
new level.) There are several professors and historic
researchers who practice British Israelism, and they have published books on their theory
that the 10 lost tribes of Israel were all of British descent. In reality, DNA tests can go back thousands
of years, and none of the tribes of Israel match up to English bloodlines at all. It also completely conflicts with all historical
records. Even on the cult’s main website, they admit
that the founders were racist, and that they “no longer align with bigotry.” However, they still go on to defend manifest
destiny, colonization, and claim that the British were “God’s chosen people.” 8. Zen Master Rama A man named Frederick Lenz wrote several books
trying to spread Eastern philosophy to the American people — specifically the ideas
of Buddhism — called Surfing the Himalayas and Snowboarding to Nirvana, and the second
actually became a bestseller. That within itself wasn’t so strange, but
he did change his name to “Zen Master Rama.” Aside from achieving spiritual enlightenment,
Rama also tried to sell other self-help books about success and achieving financial independence. He also pushed for people to study computer
science. Some called his teachings “The Code Cult
of CPU.” He said, “Money is energy in today’s world. A great deal of the teaching that I do is
about your ability to achieve financial independence.” Many people called Lenz’s teachings a cult,
while others say it truly helped and changed their lives for the better. But, of course, he became very rich in the
process of “enlightenment.” He lured people in with free meditation classes
before charging people $5,000 per seminar. 7. Fiat Lux Fiat Lux was a cult that originated in 1980
in the Black Forest of Germany. The founder, Erika Bertschinger Eike, claimed
that she received messages from Jesus Christ, with the aid of his magical “speaking-tube”
named “Uriella.” Eike began to ask her followers to call her
“Uriella,” and that they should consider everything she said to be equal to the words
of Jesus. Eike would give very long speeches on behalf
of Jesus, claiming that the end-times were drawing closer. She said that “Nazi UFOs” were hidden
in Antarctica, and were just waiting to attack at any moment. On the day the aliens come, there will be
“three dark days,” and only one-third of the total population will actually survive. Without the help of Uriella, they would perish
when the world ends. Only the most purified souls will be taken
on the mothership to ascend to another realm. At its peak, Fiat Lux had 800 members. They began to sell healing elixirs to their
followers, but were eventually taken to court, because they never paid their taxes. 6. The Pana-Wave Laboratory Founded in 1977 by a Japanese woman named
Yuko Chino, the Pana-Wave Laboratory claimed that a massive earthquake would hit Japan
in May 2003. She believed that this would be the end of
the world. Her followers all dressed in white robes and
drove around and white vans. Chino taught them that they were being damaged
by electromagnetic radiation being used by the Communists, and the color white would
help to save their bodies from “scalar electromagnetic waves.” The members called themselves the “scientific
faction,” and conducted tests in their own laboratories. Authorities were never able to figure out
just how many people were members of the Pana-Wave Laboratory, but they have estimated between
a few hundred and 1,200 people. By the time 2003 rolled around, the members
of the cult were out on the streets with their vans, trying to tell the world that there
was about to be a cataclysmic earthquake. Members of this cult were finally caught because
they created false vehicle registrations for their creepy white vans. This is punishable for up to five years in
prison, or a 500,000 yen fine (about $5,000 US). Obviously, the world did not end in 2003,
so hopefully the members decided to call it quits. 5. Aggressive Christianity Now, we all know Christians. Many of our readers (and writers) are Christian. But some are a bit more into their faith than
others. In the 1980s, one cult based in New Mexico
literally called themselves “Aggressive Christianity,” and acted exactly as the
name suggests. Not only did they want to preach the gospel,
but they wanted to make sure they could convert every single person on the planet to follow
Jesus Christ. They created a division called Aggressive
Christianity Missionary Training Corps (ACMTC) where members dressed in military uniforms,
because they were “God’s Army.” Of course, Deborah Green claimed that she
was God’s General. According to the founders, Deborah and James
Green: “There’s going to be a lot of foolish children burning forever, because they refuse
God in their lives.” They trained their recruits to be more and
more regimented, to the point where the soldiers in God’s Army were performing slave labor. One boy named Enoch Miller eventually died
because of the harsh punishments that were being inflicted on him in the cult. The Greens were eventually arrested and found
guilty of child abuse. They were sentenced to 72 years in prison. 4. The Vampire Clan In 1996, a 16-year-old named Rod Ferrell claimed
that he was actually a 500-year-old vampire called Vesago. He truly did believe that he was a vampire,
and he convinced four of his friends that he truly was a vampire, as well. They began to drink each other’s blood. Ferrell taught them to believe that for every
life they took, they would absorb the energy until they became immortal. After grooming them for months, Rod convinced
all of them to leave their lives behind to become his Vampire Clan, where they would
live in New Orleans. One night, Ferrell brutally murdered the parents
of his friend Heather Wendorf in Eustis, Florida. But on their way down to New Orleans, the
teenagers ran out of money. This is when the police were able to catch
up with them. Ferrell is now serving a life sentence. But after the news coverage of his case made
its way online, there have recently been a group of followers who still want to join
his Vampire Clan, even years after the murders took place. 3. Eckankar Eckankar teaches the “Path of Eck,” which
is all about self-love and acceptance. They also teach that animals like dogs and
cats truly do have souls. There is nothing wrong with that, of course,
but where it gets weird is when you find out that Eckankar believes that human beings have
the power to separate their mind and body, and they can “soul travel” around the
world, as well as time and space. It even allows you to access “god worlds.” In order to achieve the ability to soul travel,
members are required to sing a mantra for 30 minutes each day, because it is considered
a “love song to God.” This is also the only way to get connected
to the Holy Spirit, and they claim that music will ensure that “the voice of God will
call us home.” Soul traveling supposedly happens while you
are asleep, and they claim that it’s a spiritual experience, rather than a dream. 2. Freedomites aka The Sons of Freedom In the 1950s, thousands of Russian immigrants
called the Doukhobors began living in isolation away from the rest of society of British Columbia,
Canada. They chose to continue speaking Russian instead
of English, and they believed that they could make their own Garden of Eden in the Rocky
Mountains. The strangest part of the Doukhobors was that
they were also a nudist colony. They refused to get Canadian birth certificates
for their children or put them in the public school system. So, typically, these kids would grow up never
knowing how to read or write, and had no option but to stay isolated in the cult. At first, the Canadian government tried to
respect their beliefs until they realized that this may negatively affect the lives
of the children. A gang in the cult called the Sons of Freedom
began to burn down houses in protest every time the Canadian government tried to interfere. They changed the law to make nudity illegal
and punishable by up to three years in prison. The adult cult members began to get arrested
by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Doukhobor children were taken into custody
by the RCMP, and kept in holding camps for six years. Now that they are grown up, the children say
that the treatment inside of this camp was far more abusive than anything that had happened
to them living in the cult. Today, the Doukhobors still live in their
Russian-speaking colony… only now, they have agreed to allow their children to have
birth certificates and go to public school. 1. Ho No Hana Sanpogyo A man named Hogen Fukunaga claimed to be the
reincarnation of both Jesus Christ and Buddha at the same time. He founded a cult called Ho No Hana Sanpogyo,
where he taught people that the size and shape of one’s toes and feet would indicate information
about your personality, and may even give you insight into your past lives. Fukunaga offered a service to examine people’s
feet for $900 per person. Clearly, this guy must have enjoyed touching
feet a bit too much, if you know what we mean… and he figured out a way to get paid for it. Some of his followers even paid nearly one
million dollars to receive medical services from Fukunaga to help fix their feet, only
to realize that it was all a cult and a scam. Over 1,000 of his former followers sued him
for the money they paid for these examinations.

100 thoughts on “10 Strangest Cults in Human History

  1. There are Doukhobors in the province I live in here in Canada and I never knew about the cult that lived in British Columbia. The ones around here are all fine people.

  2. What about the CLIMATE CULT some of whom cry about carbon and then jump on their privet yachts and planes welling drinking their Fiji water shipped all the way from Fiji .
    This cult even has climate children flying all around the world telling every one else their destroying the planet .

  3. Gotta love being Canadian some how I knew the kids were gonna be abused by the RCMP I don't know if child abuse is in the job description for the RCMP but they sure do do it a lot

  4. The more recent Me2 movement is another silly cult they think that every single man 👨 in the history of the world is evil 👿!

  5. I have known British Israelites! They were trying to recruit young women of British ancestry into the cult as second wives. I had to drag my friend away because she was getting too interested.

  6. A foot fetish cult that people pay you for……….

    Just when you think you have heard everything. Remember folks, don't drink the Kool Aid and book a later ticket on the alien ship that is hiding out in the comets tail and you will be better for it.

  7. I live in BC and clearly remember the Doukhobors very well. The women would stand around while their houses burned and take their clothes off and walk around the house. The really sad thing is what they did to their kids. The Canadian government had no choice but to apprehend them.Interestingly enough at the time BC had a major right wing government complete with holier than thou Christians etc.

  8. Wow, the British Israelis. How can we be the chosen people when 52% voted for something as stupid as Brexit? And I’m in no way a superior being, I’m falling apart at the age of 32 and am getting over a cold.

  9. So it's distasteful to say you are God's chosen people if you are British. But it is okay if you are jewish. Social desirability bias manifests itself once again.

  10. Just wondering how the hell Top Tenz is able to come out with a video every damn day?!?!?! Dude..when do you sleep?!?! I enjoy them though 😁

  11. British Israelism sounds kinda like Mormonism when Mormons tried to say that the Native Americans were descendants of the lost tribes of Israel.

  12. The best president of the US ever, and none cult leader was William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American who served as the ninth president of the United States in 1841. He died of typhoid, pneumonia or paratyphoid fever 31 days into his term (the shortest tenure), becoming the first president to die in office.

  13. Zama Rama is just a motivational speaker with dillusions of grandeur.

    However his POV is correct, every one should learn computer science

  14. It's all a matter of how many members you have…

    1 member = lunatic
    2-5 members = Dorky friend group
    6-29 members = Kooky club
    30-999 members = Cult
    1000+ members = Religion

  15. Not sure why you did not include Jim Jones (Peoples Temple), Charles Manson (The Manson Family) or The Heaven's Gate cults.

  16. You guys should do a video on the constitution of the United States and how what it actually says differs from what we believe it says today. I just watched a video of yours where you mentioned about the first amendment actually saying the government can’t regulate your speech but people today tend to use it as no one can tell me what not to say because of my first amendment right to free speech!

  17. Actually! I met an Aggressive Christian once, and he threw the Book at me! Ok! Bad pun but l thought is was kinda funny. 😂

  18. unsubbed because you didn't include Scientology. That is the craziest cult there is but you were too chicken to put them on the list.

  19. 😝😝😝😝. Yes please let me touch and caress your feet for one million dollars!! 😝😝😝😝😝

  20. How DARE YOU badmouth the Ashtar Galactic Command! You shall be transferred to our mothership, tonight, for a thorough examination! 💫✨👁

  21. I was a kid in San Diego when the Heaven's Gate mass suicide happened. At the time I thought "Ok, that's nuts.. but.. what if they're right?" 😆

  22. I really love these top tens, the guy speaks so beautifully and with a touch of humour, and the facts are interesting; i was awaiting the 900th time hearing about jonestown and those ppl who killed themselves to fly to a spaceship on hale bob but these cults i never heard about before! Thank you!

  23. “I saw the light as my soul travelled across time, it was beautiful!”
    “We’ve gotta tell people about this! What should we call it?!”

  24. Simon is awesome. He's such a great host; definitely one of YouTube's best.
    I wonder if he retains the information of all the stories and facts he presents? He has to be fascinating and fun at parties.

  25. What's the difference between cults and religions? Religions are mostly accepted in society and don't have to pay taxes

  26. Awesome video! One cult you could add was the math cult of the Pythagoreans? They believed the world was built on countable units and apparently wound up killing one of their members who discovered a proof for irrational numbers. Wild stuff.

  27. Here are four cults that I'm surprised you didn't mention: These are examples of the mainstream cults (not off shoots). 1. Christianity. 2. Islam 3. Hinduism 4. Buddhism.

  28. Okay I call b***** on the Japanese courts that allowed those people to Sue that guy. If they thought that adjusting the shape of their feet artificially in this life was going to have an effect on the way their past life shaped their feet as a marking or the kind of person or life they would be having this time around they are silly. It's like saying if I dye my hair blue I can have a kid with blue hair. I think no. And they know that.

  29. I find itrarthwer amusing that aseemingly educated YT host doews not know how to prounce the terp 'corps' The 'S' is silent so the word is pronounced as' core'. The term he chose instead, 'corpse' refers to a dead body. I know, English is a strange language

  30. You left one out. Jul 05, 2018 · Shoko Asahara, whose doomsday cult killed 13 people when it released sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, was hanged on Friday along with six followers.

  31. When I began studying Buddhism, I ran across Soka Gakkai International. Didn't take me long to realize they were a cult. Fortunately I found a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in my area where I could practice and study without fear of being kidnapped.

  32. Had to check the date that you published this list, I was convinced it must have been April the first, purely because every single one of these cults sound to silly to ever be taken seriously, let alone worth a second thought, but unfortunately there are people out there who prey upon the vulnerable and easily impressionable for their own deceitful and usually financial gains, and in a lot of cases only get caught because of breaking laws that are not connected to the evil that the vast majority of cults are/were.
    Thanks for another excellent and informative video, a little sad and humorous in places, but still a fascinating list. 👍.

    P.S, Simon, still waiting for a biography about a certain D Bader, WWII Battle of Britain pilot and Colditz castle POW camp inmate.

  33. People were willing to pay some guy $900 to examine their feet and tell them about their past lives and it wasn't until they were paying a million dollars to have the guy "fix" their feet that they realized it was a scam? Oy.

  34. Well I am so glad that you think you are the new savior of the world, or at least you have the knowledge to save us from every one but you. Perhaps you should hide under a rock oh bald master.

  35. #5: C'mon Simon! You ARE a learned Man; I KNOW you know HOW to pronounce "CORPS! ("core")
    Unless my Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and career in the U.S. Army & ARNG-MN was all about *sending/reviving messages…from The DEAD!!!
    AKA: The Signal Corpse!

  36. The japanese girl was off by a few years. And it didnt end the world but it did end the world to some people as they knew it

  37. Nobody will believe serious evidence pointing toward sincere conspiracies because of the greedy and the total full on fruit cakes.

  38. You didn’t mention that weird one about the group of people who got together and spread a story about one of their members who, unbelievably came back from the dead after being crucified. The story only really gained any traction after a salesman guy called Paul, who had never met the crucified guy, decided to open up the cult to everyone, which had been against the wishes of the crucified guy whilst he was alive, reserving his cult wholly for Jewish people (a much older cult). Remarkable stuff. With the tempting promise of eternal life for members and the death threat of eternal torture for non members, the cult gained traction fast and even claimed 10% of members income. It was even more successful than the Trump University scam.

  39. Please do a part 2 and include "nuwambian nation" Dr. York, it was a cult that was created near my hometown in GA, originally from New York, interesting research I may add, but not my cup of tea

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