Jim Jones & the People’s Temple

The most famous mass suicide was that of the People’s Temple in November 1978 at Jonestown, Guyana. Headed by the Rev Jim Jones, US Congressman Leo Ryan had gone there with journalists to investigate claims that the thousand strong congregation were being held in slavery.
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Gnosticism

Around the time of Christ, a cultish movement were the Gnostics. Known mainly through the Nag Hammadi Scrolls, found in Egypt in 1945, their name comes from ‘gnosis’, meaning knowledge. Some sixty schools of Gnosticism are known, including the Simonian and Valentinian.
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Freemasons

One supposed cult-like organization that is thought to bother society is the Freemasons. Thought to be born out of the mystical building techniques of King Solomon, ritual is based on the murder of the Biblical architect, Hiram Abiff, by three of his workmen because he refused to reveal the Secret Word of God.
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