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10 Significant Cults Masquerading as Other Things

What is a cult that pretends it’s not a cult? My answer to this question is obviously every cult denies they’re a cult. However, I had to share when I stumbled into a thread of interesting responses.

10 Significant Cults Masquerading as Other Things

The Herbalife company. “Despite being accused of being a pyramid scheme, they continue to function similarly.”


The family are devout independent Baptists and frequently discuss values of modesty, purity, and faith in God. I’ve never seen it, but it sounds culty.

The Duggar Family

Jehovah’s Witnesses made this list at number three. When leaving the religion, several former members shared their tales of being immediately removed from friends and family.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

One shared, “I think the key is that cult-like mentality is a good way to overcome the inertia that a lot of people have when it comes to working out.”


These churches handle snakes, and one person who grew up around one said, “They honestly believed only their members were going to make it to heaven."

Southern Pentecostal Baptist Snake Handlers

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