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Cults : dangerous devotion

Author: Sandya Viswanathan; Don Harvey; Partisan Pictures (Firm); History Channel (Television network); Arts and Entertainment Network.
Publisher: [United States] : A & E Television Networks ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, [2009]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Uses interviews with world-renowned scholars and the survivors of cultic tragedy to unmask the mystery of cults. Defines three characteristics that make a cult: reliance on a guru or leader rather than general principles of religion, systematic indoctrination with a focus on confession and self-criticism, and heavy exploitation from above. Shows how cult leaders have twisted the quest for purity into an obsession  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Sandya Viswanathan; Don Harvey; Partisan Pictures (Firm); History Channel (Television network); Arts and Entertainment Network.
ISBN: 142294364X 9781422943649
OCLC Number: 472648537
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Dates vary: container and label, c2006; container and label art and design, c2009.
Performer(s): Narrator, Don Harvey.
Event notes: Originally broadcast on the History Channel as an episode of the television program Decoding the past in 2007.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, widescreen.
Other Titles: Dangerous devotion
Decoding the past (Television program)
Responsibility: produced, written, and directed by Sandya Viswanathan ; produced by Partisan Pictures for the History Channel.

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Uses interviews with world-renowned scholars and the survivors of cultic tragedy to unmask the mystery of cults. Defines three characteristics that make a cult: reliance on a guru or leader rather than general principles of religion, systematic indoctrination with a focus on confession and self-criticism, and heavy exploitation from above. Shows how cult leaders have twisted the quest for purity into an obsession with madness and murder from Jim Jones' pursuit of a socialist paradise at Jonestown to Warren Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch. Looks at a number of examples of contemporary cults, including the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo, the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS), Charles Manson and his bizarre prophecies, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, and Paul Schäfer's colony of German immigrants in Chile that became a center for torture.

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