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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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Any person who gives financial or material support or assistance to a secret cult or in any manner sponsor the activities of a secret cult commits an offence under this law and is liable or conviction to imprisonment for life' he said.
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Having been raised in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect, Ashman would know more than most about the signs a religious community is, in fact, a sinister cult.
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A chronological survey of cults across the Greco-Roman world, the book begins with the worship of Demeter and Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the oldest known mysteries.
In the circumstances, it might be useful to get in touch with the Cult Information Centre and you can either write to BCM Cults, London WC1N 3XX or telephone 0845 4500 868.
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First thing, for Holger Jebens in his introduction and summary of the different papers, is to stress the leading deconstructionist purposes of most authors of this book in relation to the wide public fascination for Western writings on Cargo cults.
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