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An Interview With a Former Falun Gong Member

The following is an interview with a 24-year old female student who was a member of the Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) group.  Falun Gong, which can be translated as “Law Wheel Practice”, is considered by its followers to be a spiritual discipline.  It was first introduced in China in 1992.  Western academics have described Falun […]

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The Nacirema as an analogy for modern society

In 1956, the American anthropologist Horace Miner gave first shed some insight  into the nature of the Nacirema people and their customs.  It was through the landmark work, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema that the bizarre cults of these people first came to the knowledge of the American people.  Then, about thirty years ago, Neil B. Thompson continued that work […]

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Decision Reached on Harmful Politicized Cults Around the World

From August 27 to 29, the Center for Inter-religious, Traditionalist, and Ecumenical Studies (CITES), in conjunction with RidingTheTiger.org, convened a conference to discuss the effects of sectarianism and political cults around the world.  Together, they issued a joint statement in which they condemned the sectarian motives of people exploiting religious principles to incite political instability. High […]

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