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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Iskon The most distinguishable of cults thanks to the obligatory shaved head and pigtails of male members (though wigs are sometimes worn during fund-raising). Members also wear a necklace with 108 beads, each representing the 'Hare Krishna' mantra. The complete set must be repeated 16 times a day, that is to say 1,728 'Hare Krishnas'. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness was founded in America by a Calcutta businessman called Prabhupada in 1966. It achieved its height of fame in the 1970s when it was taken up by hippies on both sides of the Atlantic. George Harrison sold his Hertfordshire mansion to the movement at a knockdown price. More recently the Krishnas have been having a bad time. Always unpopular among liberals for their attitude towards women (who Prabhupada described as 'prone to degradation, of little intelligence and untrustworthy'), the Krishna movement also became a victim of its own success. As vast amounts of money began pouring into its American headquarters, stories started circulating about fast cars, tax evasion, drug smuggling and even murder.In 1987, Europe's leading Krishna, James Immel, was found beheaded in the back of a London shop. The murderer was still at the scene of the crime when the police arrived, holding the head and weeping. He was one of Immel's closest disciples, but had become disillusioned by stories of Immel's LSD-fuelled sex sessions. American sociologists claim that the movement is also losing many of its 'second generation' members. Many of these children are now rejecting the harsh laws of a sect which demands extreme abstinence, waking at 4am and cold showers. Krishnas believe in reincarnation, karma and that chanting the mantra of Krishna will hold off the evil pollution of a materialistic world. There is also a heavy emphasis on raising money by door-to-door selling. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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