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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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Cultic leaders and hysterical disciples will always be there.
We take as our point of departure the two suggestions just discussed: 1) that we are dealing with an archive/workshop devoted to magical activities, mainly divination, carried out by an officially recognized cultic functionary, and 2) that the building complex in question forms an architectural unit, the home of this functionary, named (bn) Agaptarri, (10) who gathered in his archive texts and magical implements that served to certify his claims to office and that make clear to us his activity as a magician priest.
At the end of this chapter, the author concludes that "Paul shares this understanding of the founder's experience with the God, and builds his cultic foundations in conformance with the Greek cultural convention" (p.
A prior question I think important is from what foundation did they loosen up culturally, for example, in allowing decorative images that did not have a cultic function in their homes as they mingled in Greco-Roman society where statuary was popular?
In other words, the Ashraf base, as a cultic structure, imposes inhuman features on its members which manifest the true identity of the cult.
The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and Socialist Republic of Vietnam, similarly threatened by cultic forms that they considered superstitious but with greater means at their disposal, brought public manifestations of cultic practices to a standstill during 1945-1986.
As to the written sources pertaining to the finds from Eretz-Israel, in the Old Testament women drummers do not appear in cultic contexts.
In this view, the Temple is no longer the site of the law, though it remains the site of whatever cultic observance is still permissible.
Authoritarianism and more Latin liturgies are cultic distractions that are not relevant to living the Gospel message.
From a beautiful basalt statue of Isis, to a cache of Roman bronze cultic paraphernalia, to a hoard of Byzantine gold coins and jewelry, the archaeological discoveries and data have been nothing short of amazing.
Beginning with a lucid description of a neo-pagan cultic service, Pike leads readers through an exploratory journey that traces the origins of New Age and Neo-Pagan religions to their contemporary, popular manifestations.
Cultic acts and the proclamation of God's grace open the possibility of redemption.