DRUGCULTS

 

"Evidence is overwhelming that the use of illegal psychoactive drugs and participation in the psychedelic movement of the 60's contributed significantly to the growth of many cults in the 1970's."
(Wuthnow 1976) 


  
LEARN ABOUT THE PSYCHOTROPIC PLANTS USED IN "CULTS"

LEARN ABOUT TIMOTHY LEARY AND THE
PSYCHEDELIC MOVEMENT OF THE 60'S
 
"...And if you give the experience a chance, if you're prepared to go along with it, the results are incomparably more therapeutic and transforming. So maybe the whole thing does happen inside one's skull. Maybe it is private and there's no unitive knowledge of anything but one's own physiology. Who cares? The fact remains that the experience can open one's eyes and make one blessed and transform one's whole life."   -Aldous Huxley 
LEARN ABOUT ALDOUS HUXLEY, HIS CULT-LIKE FOLLOWING,
AND HIS OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH PSYCHOTROPIC PLANTS
 


READ A STORY ABOUT A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO LEFT IT ALL BEHIND
TO FOLLOW KEN KESEY, LIVE ON THE ROAD, AND TO TAKE "LSD".

 
HARE KRISHNA
CHECK OUT THE ISKON SITE, THE HOME PAGE OF THE HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT, WHOM A HIGH PROPORTION OF ITS MEMBERS CLAIM PRIOR DRUG USE.

  
The Family
LEARN ABOUT THE DARKER SIDE OF DRUG CULTS
ON THE CHARLES MANSON HOME PAGE

 


"The psychedelic movement itself bordered on being a great cultic religious awakening, and it deposited many of its participants directly into numerous small cults.  But, in following the psychedelic dream, young people of the late 60's were fulfill their middle-class culture as much as they were leaving it, for the psychedelic movement was a novel culture development that spread  through networks of the educated (including Harvard professors and students) like most other innovations of its kind.  In so doing, it drew innovative youth from the same strata in society from which conventional careers draw their most prominent members and in many ways was an elite movement at the same time it tore participants away from conventionality and helped recruit many of them to religious cults."
(Stark 1985)


  
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