Feb. 23, 2021

The Order of the Solar Temple

The Order of the Solar Temple

Perhaps no other cult has fascinated people more than the Order of the Solar Temple – a group that began in the late 1980s as a community of people who sought to live out New Age philosophies. 

For some, the organization is interesting because of the mass suicides that spanned continents and made headlines all over the world. 

But for others, their interest in the Order of the Solar Temples lies in the fact that many of its members were prominent figures at the time. From politicians to journalists and former Olympians, this cult and its two leaders managed to indoctrinate them all. 


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Sources
Sources for this episode include the official History Channel website, Encyclopedia Britannica, The Toronto Sun, Swiss Info, “The Magic of Death: The Suicides of the Solar Temple” by Massimo Introvigne, and a journal article titled “Purity and Danger in the Solar Temple” by Susan Palmer.

Research by: Kayla Deleon



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