In this issue we have explored the idea of The Cult, groups whose beliefs and practices are considered by society to be abnormal or bizarre. The word originally denoted a system of ritual practices, which we found to be intriguing with an underlying darkness and ambiguity. These practices are usually distinguishable between three main types of religious behavior: churchly, sectarian and mystical. We present a collection of stories, editorials and features which contain mystery, something slightly sinister and a provocative solemnness; from black magic, to the close controversial nature of family cults, to the sobriety of puritanical disciplined church, to an unnerving bond to nature and spirituality. We were enticed about how these groups and tribes fit in with our modern society and relate to people’s need to belong and feel part of something.
This is The Cult Issue.