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Tale Weavers Prompt #6 “Cult”

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This week’s prompt is Cults.

 

This article might help you get started

http://www.csj.org/studyindex/studycult/cultqa4.htm

 

Somethings to consider

You have been forcefully inducted into a cult

  • Were your brought in by a friend or relative or abducted off the street?
  • What methods of mind control or coercion does the cult employ?
  • What are the tenets of the cult? What are the consequences of disobedience?
  • Do the cult members dress in a particular manner? Do they perform specific rituals? Cater to a specific diet? Describe the location, the facility, the people.
  • Are you able to escape? How so? Do you eventually succumb?

You have chosen to join a cult either knowingly or unknowingly

  • What is your current mental state? What is your current life situation?
  • Have you ever seen the leader or is his identity a secret?
  • Why did you join? What are the tenets that appealed to you?
  • What is life like since you’ve joined? Is it what you wanted/expected?
  • Do you help recruit new members? How are new members recruited?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement within the hierarchy? Describe the various roles.
  • Describe your living quarters and lifestyle since joining the cult.
  • Are there any ultimate goals? Any deities? How is death viewed? What about marriage and child-rearing?
  • Can you leave?
  • Do you experience any problems with outside authorities?
  • Are you a force of good? Is your group isolated? Are you a force of evil?

You are a cult leader

  • Why did you form the cult?
  • How do you recruit members? Do you have specific requirements for joining? (aka members must have blonde hair and blue eyes)
  • Describe your belief system. Describe the hierarchy and laws that govern your cult.
  • Does your cult employ technology or forbid its use?
  • Do you have multiple spouses/lovers? Are your monogamous? Celibate?
  • What is your ultimate goal?
  • Do you expect that your followers worship you?
  • Are their penalties for leaving? What punishments are utilized to ensure obedience if any?
  • Do you have any rivals? Are there factions or is it one cohesive unit?
  • How do you deal with outside authorities? Nonbelievers?
  • Are you an example to your people? Or do you have special privileges?
  • Are you a force of good or evil? Have your forsaken society altogether?
  • Do you employ shady methods of mind control? Or is membership entirely volitional?
  • Do you employ mystical rituals? Or do you rely on science and mathematics?

 

Alternately you can talk about cult followings surrounding books/authors, television programs, or movies. You can talk about the government or organized religion as well.

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 39 and married (almost 20 years) with a beautiful soon to be teenage daughter.

8 comments on “Tale Weavers Prompt #6 “Cult”

  1. Bastet
    May 1, 2014

    Oh my..I’ll have to put my thinking cap on!

    • mindlovemisery
      May 1, 2014

      I look forward to it =)

      • Bastet
        May 1, 2014

        🙂 pretty complicated I think…but it is a challenge….

      • mindlovemisery
        May 1, 2014

        The bulleted points are really just areas to explore/consider you can take any direction you like, you can focus on just one aspect. This isn’t a research paper haha It is a complex topic though the psychological aspects are very heavy. You don’t even have to take the serious route. You can also explore group dynamics in children.

  2. Blog It Or Lose It
    May 1, 2014

    Wow …very dark … but challenging too. Here in the US, “various subgroups of one of our political parties” seem very much like cults. (I’ll let you fill in the blanks, lest I stir up a wasp nest, LOL!)

    And … perhaps … I may have found my topic. Hmmm! Anyway, thanks for this prompt. This could be a lot of fun!

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