The internet brings people together, including those who prefer to start cults using social media to gain followers. In fact, there are several cult leaders on Instagram that use the photo and video service to "speak" to their followers and convince others to join.
Teal Swan, Bentinho Massaro, and Sherry Shriner are just some of the leaders of Instagram and YouTube cults out there. They have harnessed the power of the internet to send their various messages of lizard people, aliens, and a conglomeration of other beliefs to those they may otherwise never be able to - and they are able to reach thousands.
Swan began posting videos to YouTube in 2012, and quickly garnered a following known as the Teal Tribe. Who is Teal Swan, the Gucci Guru, and what's the real story behind her cult?
Swan Claims She Was Sewn Into A Corpse As A Child - And Forced Into Sex Acts
Teal Swan claims she was raised in a Mormon Satanic Cult that tortured and murdered children. She's added that she was given the responsibility of "mentally programming" the other children and forced to torture them.
On others occasions, Swan says she was taken to a mortician's office and sewn into a corpse and left there for 12 hours, forced to participate in necrophilia and bestiality. Other accusations include being held captive in a hole in the ground, drugged, impregnated, and forced to have three abortions.
The Gucci Guru Lives In Costa Rica Because Of "Haters" In America
After allegedly receiving death threats, the New Mexico-born Swan moved to Costa Rica. Several of her followers did the same, forming a community around their guru.
Swan only lives in the community part time, but there are 20 full time residents. The focus of the place is said to be "a heart-based lifestyle" and "a physical safe space." The community is also home to a center that Swan uses for workshops, which brings followers from all over the world to listen and meet the woman they'll turn to for direction concerning trauma, living with authenticity, death, and more.
The Gucci Guru Advocates Death And Suicide As "Delicious"
Swan claims to be the survivor of four suicide attempts, but in the same video asks suicidal individuals seeking her advice to "know that you can always kill yourself tomorrow." She also called death "delicious" and "a reset button," while saying that it's okay to kill yourself if your vibration can't be corrected by a healer.
Swan Compares Herself To Gandhi And Martin Luther King Jr.
In videos found on Swan's YouTube page, she's called herself a revolutionary in the tradition of people like Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi. She sees herself as a "game changer" preparing her followers like an army in order to change the course of the world.
Swan believes herself to be descended from aliens, and that there are 2,000 other people like her on the planet. She claims to be working with 11 of them in her mission on our planet - acting as "an intergalactic Green Peace" - to overtake the evil aliens that are currently in charge of Earth.