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Heaven's Gate Cult Presentation
Transcript of Heaven's Gate Cult Presentation
More than half in their 40's
Half women, half men
No children allowed
People with an interest in the internet
they reinforce one another's opinions
they fail to question or analyze ideas
members engage in consensus-seeking Characteristics of a Cult Suicides Why is it attractive? Cult members needed structure and guidance
Members told to harness energy into gaining entrance to "Next Level"
Members told how to sleep, how much to eat, how to conduct their day, how to avoid humanly distractions (ex. sexual thoughts) Inclusiveness Prior to indoctrination in the cult, members reported not feeling part of society
Cult became their family, community, work and passion
Filled a void in their lives and gave them a sense of purpose BELIEFS Earth is God's garden
The group was a "class" and with death they "graduated"
Do (Applewhite) = second coming of Jesus
Ti (Nettles) = God
Mary was taken up onto spacecraft and impregnated
After life on Earth, they will advance to the "Next Level"
Creator is constantly evolving with time
Hale Bopp comet = sign from Ti to leave Earth RITUALS Castration
Poisoned and asphyxiated themselves
Identification and money
Moved onto next level Rachel Kanigan, MaryKate Sandorse, Jessica Maraia, Ryan Bauman, Justin Ashcroft Marked the end of the cult on Earth
All but one member committed suicide
Souls passed onto the "Next Level" Rio Diangelo Last remaining member
Still a firm believer in Do and Heaven's Gate
Wanted to join the rest of the cult
Was asked to "stay behind" Rio's Mission Reason why he did not go to the Next Level
Spread the word of Do and Heaven's Gate
Stress that it was not a mass suicide
Necessary for the spirits to "pass on" The "Last Chance" Proclaimed by Do in his last video
For prospective members
Chance to join the "Away Team" would pass in late March Thank you! In the Future Will cease to exist with the death of Rio Diangelo
People may still believe, but cannot follow Similar Groups Cults with similar beliefs have arisen since Heaven's Gate
12/21/12 - Bugarach Mountain in France
Common themes - aliens, safety, another level Possible Return? Passing of other comets or other celestial events?
Hailey's Comet (2061)
Perhaps followers will arise, but will not be true Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate is gone; idea will live on Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles
Early 1970's: Marshall and Bonnie travel cross country
Book of Revelation: "two witnesses"
Believed they were "the two"
Philosophy: fusion of new ageism, science fiction and Christianity
Marshall = directly related to Jesus Recruiting Series of public meetings to recruit followers
Young people attended
Seeking spiritual meaning
"Higher Source": Internet Website Design Company
Front for cult's recruiting ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Strip themselves of all things human
Strong sense of community
Given new names
Class preparing for graduation
Leader = Marshall Applewhite
No independent thinking
Lived underground "1 Suicide. 38 Murders?" 38 followers committed suicide over a span of three days
Goal: that their souls would be taken up by a spacecraft
Take their souls to the next level of existence above humanity Authoritarian Leadership
Opposed to Independent Thinking Authoritarian Leadership Excessive control
Cult member needs to submit Exclusiveness Only they have the truth
The only one who could communicate with Nettles after she died
The only one who could lead to
Members believed this was likely the only way to reach the next level Isolation Break away from parents and friends
They were rarely allowed family visits
Many of the members never visited family
Moved around to avoid being found out by parents and police Isolation "We would live 15 people in a house, and there were designated people that could go outside. And the same people were seen outside all the time. So it appeared as though there were just a few people living in the house. He had elaborate systems of security."
-Michael Conyers Opposed to Independent Thinking Marshall Applewhite told everyone how to think Opposed to Independent Thinking "Everything was designed to be followed with an exact duplicate. You were not to come up with, well, I'm going to make the pancakes this big, there was a mixture, a size, how long you cooked it on one side, how much the burner was on, how many each person got, how much syrup was poured on it..." "Any thought other than what comes from your older members minds should not be allowed in."
-Michael Conyers Heaven's Gate is a CULT Authoritarian Leadership
Oppossed to Independent Thinking