Ding Dong Darkness Time

17: Class of Cults - Doomsday Cults and The Order of the Solar Temple

December 07, 2022 Allison Dickson Season 3 Episode 3
Ding Dong Darkness Time
17: Class of Cults - Doomsday Cults and The Order of the Solar Temple
Show Notes

Who would have guessed that the disbandment of the Knights Templar in 1309 would have led to centuries of people scrambling to lay claim to their legacy as descendants of the legendary order of Catholic knights?

With a lot of mysticism borrowed from a dozen different spiritual movements, including Christianity, Rosicrucianism, and perhaps a smidge of white supremacy, The Order of the Solar Temple aspired to attain the ultimate spiritual nexus in the hopes of riding out a coming apocalypse, but as most movements of this type tend to do, it took around a decade before it all crumbled into a heap of crime, murder, and mass suicide that spanned across three countries.

Learn more about this still very mysterious cult, as well as how affluence-bred boredom can be particularly detrimental to societies at large.

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Music -- Spencer Morelock, Ken Dickson

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