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Doomsday Cult

Doomsday Cult


Cult whose teachings focus on an apocalyptic event (anything from a local dissaster to earth's final destruction). Teachings usually include prophecies regarding the End Times.

Some doomsday cults are prepared to use violence in an effort to trigger the apocalypse (e.g. Aum Shinrikyo). Others at some point encourage or force followers to commit suicide, ostensibly in preparation for a "better life." (e.g. Heaven's GateMovement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God)

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