We have already told you about the most creepy sects in history, those that have led to horrific collective suicides or even the stars who are part of one of these communities. To continue in this momentum of joyful and reassuring tops, here are now those that have managed to cross the centuries. When indoctrination has no time limit.
1. Freemasonry, 16th century
Freemasonry, made up of various historical and social phenomena, appeared in Scotland in 1598, then in England a few years later. In France, it will be necessary to wait until 1688. Depending on the era and the country, the sect describes itself as “an essentially philosophical and philanthropic association”, “a system of morals illustrated by symbols” or even as an “initiatory order”. It draws its sources even further back, in a set of founding texts written from the 14th century. It is organized around many rites and traditions.
2. Rose-Croix, 1614
The manifestos of the fraternity of the Rose-Croix appear in Germany in the 17th century. It is presented there as “a secret order, founded in the 15th century by a mythical character, named “Christian Rosenkreutz”. His philosophy aims to awaken all the faculties of man, in relation to cosmic and natural laws. Perched, you said?? From the 18th century, this belief joined the benches of Freemasonry, then the milieu of occultists from the 19th century to today.
3. The Illuminati, 1776
In 1776, in Bavaria (South East Germany), Adam Weishaupt, a former Jesuit, relied on the model of Freemasonry to found “a new world order”. His enlightened club (“illuminati” in Latin) brings together intellectuals. They set up rituals and symbols, such as the famous pyramid and eye of providence. In 1787, the Prince of Bavaria banned and dissolved the group, which he considered “subversive”. And it is precisely when the group disappears that the legend begins… From this moment, there are no more proven facts, only secrets.
4. The Family, 1819
Oh no! Contrary to what you might think, we are not talking about the latest reality TV show in vogue, but a sect from eastern Paris. A particularly revered sect even. It is really made up of eight different families: the Havets, Sandoz, Sanglier, Fert, Maitre, Pulin, Déchelette and Thibout. In 1819, eight couples from these families decided to create marriages, descendants and lots of things in common in this ultra-closed circle. Two hundred years later, the very essence of this merry band of 4,000 people is: inbreeding. Fun.
5. Mormonism, 1830
Also known synthetically as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The latter would have “received a divine revelation, first from an angel then by a book engraved on golden tablets”. Normal. They share several beliefs with Christians, but are not recognized as such. Miviludes (Interministerial mission of vigilance and fight against sectarian aberrations), does not consider Mormonism as a sect, despite some very weird rules.
6. Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1863
“Adventist” comes from the Latin “adventus”, which means “arrival”, “coming”, “advent”, in reference to the return of Christ announced in the Bible. They claim that worship should be held on the “seventh day” (Saturday), instead of Sunday. If for some members this is the only point different from other Christians, others hold other doctrines to be true. Some even consider that the writings of Ellen White, founder of the current, and the Bible are of equal quality.
7. The Ku Klux Klan, 1865
Simply put: the Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist terrorist secret society. So. Nice guys, aren’t they? Their name could mean “circle of light” (“kuklos” meaning “circle” in Greek, and “lux” light in Latin). Circle of no light at all on all floors, yeah.
8. Christian Science, 1866
This sect was founded by Mary Baker Eddy, a self-taught theologian who claims to have discovered, in 1866, the “laws applied by Jesus to heal the sick”. “Christian” science is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, set forth in the New Testament. Quite paradoxical for guys who consider the disease as “the result of erroneous beliefs”…
9. Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1870
Yes, the little people who come knocking on your door to explain to you how excruciating your death will be if you don’t join their community have been around for over 150 years! That leaves time to go around a good number of suburban districts.
Since 1870, they have announced the imminent intervention of God in human affairs during the battle of Armageddon, and want to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. “Imminent” + “since 1870”: isn’t there something that alerts them? If you want to know more, we have answered all the questions you have about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
We could also talk about astrology. Yes. Stop the bullshit, this thing is CLEARLY a cult. “Yeah hi Corine, how are you despite your ascending moon in inverted sun? According to the alignment of the ancient volatile stars in the sky, you had to pee two minutes ago, right? »