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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]

cult

a specific complex of beliefs, rites, and ceremonies associated with some particular person or object, which is maintained by a social group. A cult is often considered as having magical significance.
Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death

cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Boundaries between white man and native have blurred so that both now emerge remade as cargo cultists in a dangerous New World Order.
In handing down the latest ruling, Presiding Judge Koshi Murakami said Koshikawa had a big role in the murder of Ochida, 29, and conspired with Asahara and other senior cultists to carry out the guru's proposal to kill him, adding Koshikawa ''actively participated in the murder.
Prosecutors renewed their demand Thursday for the death penalty for a former senior AUM Shinrikyo cultist who was given a life sentence for his involvement in the 1994 deadly sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
The last time he spoke in court was in November 1999 as a witness in the trial of a former senior AUM cultist.
Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded the death penalty for former senior AUM Shinrikyo cultist Tomomasa Nakagawa for his alleged roles in the murders of 24 people in cases including the sect's sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway and in Nagano Prefecture.
Former senior AUM Shinrikyo cultist Masami Tsuchiya, suspected of playing a key role in the sect's chemical arms development, on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, his first plea since his trial began in November 1995.
The Metropolitan Police Department suspects the 54-year-old Takahashi was a driver for a fellow cultist who released the sarin nerve gas in the subways in the attack on March 20, 1995, which killed 13 people and injured over 6,000.
Japan: Police in Japan were Monday quizzing a woman over the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo s subway that killed 13 people, leaving only one cultist still wanted for one of the nation s worst ever mass-murders.
2 allows users to modify door and drawer section overlaps to the top, bottom, left or right, and users can change door or drawer front style on a cabinet with a saved cultist or multi-cross section.
The 'utopian' or 'millenarian' aspects of their 'redemptive' theoretical proposals led them to omit the millenarian critique of the West as well as of the Melanesian Self expressed by Cargo cultist Melanesian groups themselves.
Thumping tracks like Weapon of Choice, a cool funky number immortalised by Christopher Walken's scintillating dance moves; The Rockafeller Skank, an infectious big beat score; the cultist Praise You; the roller coaster Right Here; and the aptly titled lazy summer day Sunset (Bird of Prey) all bear the trademark Fatboy signature.
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