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12 Bizarre Cult Recruitment Methods Throughout History

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Vote up the strangely awesome cult recruitment tactics that might even work on you!

Everyone wants to belong. Some people join a World of Warcraft guild, some people get really into kickball, and other people join cults. But unlike most other groups, how cults get people to join is a somewhat secretive practice. As you’ll soon come to learn, the cults that try to gain followers by using the most outlandish techniques are rarely the groups that make an impact. The cults that gain followers by using a person’s insecurities against them are the ones who make it to the big leagues. While you take a look at these cult recruitment tactics, think about whether or not they would work on you.

Cult recruiting can take a myriad of forms, from reaching out to people on the Internet to simply owning a business and letting your disciples come to you. Most of the cults on this list are now defunct. Some of them literally went down in flames. But a few of the new religious movements that you’ll be reading about are still operating today in one form or another, so if you want to get that familial experience while wearing white robes and having your bank account drained, feel free to do a little Googling once you’re finished.

Keep reading to find out how cults recruit people and then vote on the strangely awesome cult recruitment tactics that might even work on you!

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