37 Weird Cults No One Talks About  

Alan Smithee
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The word "cult" tends to refer to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream with a notably positive or negative popular perception. Many famous cults are destructive or suicidal, though others, while controversial do not commit extreme acts. Unless you're some sort of cult hopping guru addict, then you might not have heard about these religious cults. From vacuum repair guys to Japanese business men and French dudes who are actually from outer space, these strange religious groups and satanic cults have all kinds of big ideas.

Make no mistake: a garbage monster that wants nothing more than to make a quick buck off some unsuspecting dope who needs to be told what to do probably governs a lot of the cult groups on this list and a lot of these cults have caused significant harm and committed actual murder. But a few of the non-mainstream religions that are featured here seem downright adorable.

Peruse this list of cults and learn all about the UFOs that life secretly stems from, and that time you totally missed hitching a ride on a space ship piloted by Jesus himself. There are plenty of weird religious cults out there, and this list has them all!
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The Movement for the Restoration of the 10 Commandments
The Movement for the Restorati... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 37 Weird Cults No One Talks About
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The followers of this Ugandan doomsday cult believed that the apocalypse would occur in the year 2000, and in the years leading up to armageddon they so feared the ninth commandment (to not bear false witness) that they spoke little and used only sign language on some days. When the millennium passed without incident, the cult leaders lured everyone to a church where they murdered the parishioners before setting fire to the church.
Scientology is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 37 Weird Cults No One Talks About
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Started in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard as way to save a little money on his taxes, Scientology seeks to help initiates clear the thetans that were stuck to them when Xenu blew up their bodies 75 million years ago. It's a hard job but somebody's got to do it. Though mostly accepted in modern culture (but heavily derided), it's also Hollywood's favorite cult, with Tom Cruise leading the way.
Church of God with Signs Following
Church of God with Signs Follo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 37 Weird Cults No One Talks About
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Jumping on the bandwagon of the Saw franchise, the COGWSF began updating its services to include speaking in tongues, screaming, spasming, spinning in circles, occasionally drinking poison, and just to up the danger level, snake handling. Their faithful defend their extreme beliefs by quoting Mark 16:17-18:

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Whether or not the literal taking up of serpents is a good idea doesn't seem to matter to this group.
Cosmic People of Light Powers
Cosmic People of Light Powers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 37 Weird Cults No One Talks About
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Cosmic People of Light Powers (or Universe People) is a religious system based around the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating telepathically with their leader, Benda, and other “contacters” since October 1997, and later even getting in touch by direct personal contact. Apparently, these chatty aliens operate a fleet of ships that orbit the planet earth and keep tabs on us. Dear alien overlords, what I do in the privacy of my living room is my own business - STAY OUT!