Strange Asian Cults You Didn’t Know About


Cults have always been a sort of tabu subject that many of us look at it with fear or curiosity. There are some strange Asian cults you didn’t know about, that might make your skin crawl.

World Mission Society Church Of God Korea


The World Mission Society Church of God has the belief that a man called Ahn Sahng-hong is the reincarnation of Jesus and a woman called Zahng Gil-jah is the “Mother God” or the “Heavenly Mother Jerusalem.” Eventual members are approached on the streets and asked if they know God the Mother. They strongly believe that the family system on Earth is a reflection and shadow of the Heaven family system, and adds that there is a Heavenly Father(Ahn), a Heavenly Mother (Zahng) and also brothers and sisters.

Leaving aside wild interpretations of the Bible,The World Mission Society Church of God, believes to be the only real church established by God on Earth.Their practices are different from the standard Christians ones, as they are holding the Sabbath on Saturdays and teaching women to cover their heads during worship. According to critics, the cult is using brainwashing methods to tear families apart.

The cult was initially founded by Jeong Myung-seok, in the ‘70s, and was centered around purification, claiming that Jesus was a failed savior and the real savior was Jeong. He was preaching that sexual relationships with him would purify sins and ended up sleeping with hundreds of Korean women. Young and attractive people were recruited from high rated universities and lured trough social clubs, sports tournaments and Bible study courses, serving as the façade. These persons were taken to a giant complex filled with phallic images for marathon praying sessions in front of giant TV screens.
Jeong left Korea in 1999 after rape accusations have appeared on TV,  he spent the next ten years on the run, raping even more women trough his cult in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was arrested in China in 2008 and sentenced to six years in Seoul. This didn’t affect his followers to keep believing in him, as Jesus has been persecuted as well.

Vang Chu Vietnam


The Vietnamese government is officially atheist and has a long history of maltreating the Christian Hmong groups, which has lead to the creation of weird new religions like the Vang Chu-sec in the Muong Nhe district from the province of Dien Bien. The Vang Chi means Lord of Heaven and is a movement that follows the so called messiah, Zhong Ka Chu, known as Tu Jeng Cheng, meaning the important one. Chang was believed to perform miracles and sustained the birth of a Christian Hmong state.

Gatherings of his separatist followers as well as assumed connections to US radio preacher, Harold Camping, led to the government suppression on the movement in 2011. The government accused the Hmong groups of land theft, drug smuggling, destruction of the environment and sabotaging the government.

Officials used bayonets and chemical weapons and also beheaded some leaders and forced many of the followers to escape to Laos or Thailand. The movement still exists and is waiting for the arrival of a divine Hmong King who will teach poor followers that prayer attract angels to bring them food, money and medication.

Dahnhak Korea


Running in more than 160 yoga an tai chi centers in Korea and all over the world, Dahnhak was created by Lee Seung-heun, who calls himself Ilchi, name which means “finger pointing towards the truth”. He claims having supernatural powers and teaches brain respiration that would help people achieve spiritual enlightenment and how to heal naturally trough tai chi exercises, meditation and massage.

Those who want to participate in his classes have to pay a lot of money, even thousands of dollars. The cult has its own credit cards, so fans could be enlightened now and pay later. This comes with a practice called love bombing, which offers followers counsling advice and positive support.

But, at the same time, it uses manipulative sales and brainwashing, stating that knowledge is gained trough pain. People who have been bringing critics to the cult, were threatened with violence and revenge against their families
The cult, has spread in the US as well, and has been accused of many things, like sexual assault and forcing practitioners to drink toilet water as part of their training.

Church Of Almighty God China


The doomsday cult of China, known also as Eastern Lighting, is under the belief that a middle aged woman, Yang Xiangbin, translated “Lighting Deng” is the third reincarnation of Christ.

The cult was founded 25 years ago by a former physicist, Zhao Weishan, who escaped to the US in 2001, asking for political asylum. The sect, has been spreading an aggressive drive towards housewives and different Christian congregations. They lure people with money, gifts and also sexual favors abd after they demand donations.

They have to fully obey Mrs. Yang and they are pressured to abandon their families, they claim that the Communist Party is the “Great Red Dragon” and promotes the killing of the party members possessed by these spritis. The cult members have been accused of various violent attacks, in 2010 they stabbed a young boy after his uncle tried to leave the cult.

In May 2014, they beat up a woman to death in the Mc Donald’s from Shandong because she refused to give her phone number. People around were warned to stay away, but the disturbing attack was still filmed with cell phone cameras.
One of the beaters, Zhang Lidong had no remorse.He stated that he beat her with all his strength and stamped on her,because she had to be destroyed as she was a demon.

Sung Chi-Li Association Taiwan


This group is centered on religious leader Sung Chi-li, who claims to possess miraculous powers and the ability to create a spiritual doppleganger of himself that can appear anywhere in any place of the world. To prove the realness  of his claims, he’s produced pictures of himself floating above various landscapes, surrounded by rainbow colours and a halo of light. He sells these images  to his followers to provide money for his luxurious lifestyle. Sung stated that the photos were proof of “true-form realities,” of the Nirvana manifestation inside human beings.

In 1996, he was accused by the government of tricking his followers with obvious schemes and photoshoped images and then running away with 3 billion Taiwanese dollars, which sums up for up to $100 million.  He was eventually released after the High Court ruled his religious actions as being protected by the Constitution.

Sung has been connected to organised crime and the Democratic People’s Party. He claimed that in 2005, he has taken politician Frank Hsieh on a spiritual tour of Paris with the help of astral projection, Hsier hasn’t confirmed or denied his claims. Sung opened in 2004 a divine photo booth in Kaohsiung to show his works.

Dhammakaya Thailand


This movement has been accused by the traditional Theravada Buddhist groups of commercialising enlightenment. The cult has had a great development over the last ten years. Its centre is in the massive Cetiva temple from Mingkok, a dome which has a UFO like shape, created out of 300,000 bronze Buddha statues all coated in titanium and gold. There, are taking place prayers with tens of thousands of followers.

The cult is mostly successful to the middle class coat, unsatisfied with the idol worshiping and magic promoted by the traditional Buddhist beliefs, but it is also appealing to the royal family and government members. The teaching combines ancient beliefs with modern management and fundraising methods. It has been highly criticised for its immoral financial schemes, heretical teachings, fake miracles and worshiping around leader Phra Dhammachayo.

Dhammachayo and his temple and worldwide Dhammakaya foundations have a worth estimated around $1.9 million in assets, and have bee accused of embezzlement and framing his followers. in 2012, Dhammakaya created a stir, claiming to know where Steve Jobs was, who apparently had reincarnated as a mid level angel living in a parallel dimension.
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5 Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

If you have never been to an authentic ghost town then you are missing a treat. These are weird, spooky places that you are unlikely to ever forget about after visiting.

The following are 5 amazing towns or cities that were once thriving but where you will now find absolutely no residents living in the houses that still stand.


Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

This Ukrainian city is probably the most famous ghost town on the planet, and possibly one of the most dangerous to hang around in as well. Around 50,000 people once lived and worked in Pripyat before the small, trifling matter of the freaking Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. It was quickly evacuated and recent images of the city show an eerie, deserted place where even the Ferris wheel looks creepy. Having said that, I always find Ferris wheels a bit creepy anyway. Pripyat was abandoned by its residents in 1986 but the radiation levels are now considered low enough for it to be visited by some brave tourists.


Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

Craco in Italy was once home to a couple of thousand people. However, the spectacularly situated town offered poor farming possibilities and was ravaged by a series of natural disasters before being finally abandoned in 1980. The weird and other worldly setting of Craco means that it has been used in a number of films. Hey, maybe you saw Judas meet a nasty end here once. You can´t say he didn’t deserve it.


Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

You might never have heard of Kolmanskop before now but it was once a rich, impressive town in the desert in Namibia. Why would you build an impressive town in the desert? Diamonds, of course.  Built on the back of the diamonds discovered nearby, the elegant German style constructions here now lie empty and neglected. You can visit it as a tourist if you want to see how much drifting sand is needed to fill a house in the Namib Desert that has been deserted for 60 years. If you can´t be bothered going then the answer is, “quite a blooming lot”. 


Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

This is another desert ghost town with an interesting past. Arnold Schwarzenegger called this place California´s Silver Rush Ghost Town and you don´t want to argue with old Arnie, do you? Calico in the Mojave Desert started life in 1881 and the giant letters spelling out its name on the hills behind it make it easy to find even today. Most of the buildings have been restored to their former glory in recent times. Maybe if someone else finds more silver here it will be a booming place all over again.    


Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

There are few capital cities in the world that have been abandoned over the centuries. Then again, few of them were completely buried under a sustained attack from an angry volcano. The peaceful island of Montserrat in the Caribbean is famous for hosting the best St Patrick´s Day celebrations outside of Ireland. However, if you want to enjoy a pint of Guinness this year in Plymouth you´ll need to find it first of all. It was lost to the world in 1997 under a mountain of volcanic material. Interestingly (if you find random facts about ghost towns in the Caribbean interesting), Plymouth is still the de jure capital of Montserrat.

Some Urban Legends Are True (Part 2)

Some Urban Legends Are True (Part 2)

Are you ready for more urban legends? We’ve prepared three more for you!

1. There’s life after cryonic death

Already overly used in countless movies, books, cartoons, video games, crossword magazine last page comics and whatever else, the whole freezing people up for them to come back to life later (supposedly decades or even centuries) seems to have been proven a tricky practice to nail with current technology. If anything, scientists prefer focusing on cryogenic preservation which entails a completely different practice and definitely won’t be keeping anyone alive for dozens of years, but instead prolong the time doctors have to operate on people experiencing severe blood loss.

But I diverge. Because a freezing, living body is more likely to go into hypothermia and then, several degrees under the normal body temperature, have its vital organs flat-line after amnesia and loss of body control kicks in, cryonics are still a long way away from making the science fiction thing a reality. But this myth might turn out to not be impossible after all as there is someone out there who has lived through it to tell the tale. Going by the name of Jean Hilliard, she is the lucky survivor of such an experience.

Having been found frozen solid in the snow by neighbors, she was brought in the hospital and pretty much declared a goner. Even if she wasn’t found to be dead, doctors stated that the temperatures that her body had been subjected to would most likely be the cause of severe brain damage. Then again, they proceeded to wrap the body up in an electric heating pad to begin the thawing; not much later, Jill Hilliard’s eyes popped open and curious inquiries regarding her own location were uttered from the person lying down in a heating pad, supposedly believed dead or at least a mental goner.

Not only that she seemed to not be affected in any way whatsoever by the cryonic nightmare, but her body didn’t display any form of frostbite or freezer burns and she was able to resume her normal life happily. How this occurred is still a mystery to doctors, but as we all know, it just takes one exception to make researchers realize it’s possible.

2. Voices from the walls

I remember being in my bed one night, back when I was a child, dozing off happily when I realized the reason I wasn’t managing to fall asleep was a constant, muffled meowing I could hear from the wall on the right side of the bed. The wall that separated my room from the house’s gym room that surely did not contain any kittens.

I never found the source of the sound, but I did struggle to fall asleep for several hours as I could swear the meowing was coming from INSIDE the wall. There is a number of similar urban legends – of course, involving human beings instead of cats – that speak of people being walled in in strange, inexplicable circumstances.

That’s no urban legend however, as real life Joseph Schexnider was found in a very baffling predicament. In an old building used by Abeville National Bank, when management ordered the renovation of the second level, workers found secret after secret. First they found that a large plate covering the wall by being bolted in place hid behind it an old, out of order fireplace.

That didn’t surprise anyone at first as the building was relatively old and the scenery wasn’t in any way unusual. But then came the first discovery that made the workers uneasy – cloth scraps and tiny bones lying on the floor inside the chimney. Because that wasn’t enough and further inquiry was required, the workers looked up inside the chimney and conveniently enough found a full-fledged human skeleton stuck in the narrow passage.

While the DNA tests revealed his identity, tissue tests revealed something even more frightening: the poor man had been wedged and stuck in the chimney for 27 years. The reason he was never found was the fact that the second floor of the building was barely ever used so his shouts for help were never heard. Nor were the usual signs of decease felt by anyone, come to think of it. The reason behind the poor man’s whereabouts remained just as big of a mystery.

3. Dark water. Real life dark water

If you’ve ever watched the 2005 remake of the Japanese film Dark Water (going to use the Hollywood remake as an example because most people have probably seen that, not the original), you most likely took it for what it really was – a fictional horror movie. While the movie’s interpretation of the dark water was simply the vengeful, restless presence of a spirit from beyond the world because that’s how horror movies work, this little story depicts things in a more literal way. Literally.

Take your low-mediocre hotel in downtown Los Angeles. You won’t expect it to be heaven, but you’d at least hope for decent bathing conditions. Guests at the hotel in question started noticing problems with the water they were getting from their taps. You know how after your water has been cut off for operations on the pipes, the water coming out from them will be brown and dirty for a while until the things clear off? Residents here weren’t even getting that, they were getting black water and the weakest pressure you could imagine.

God knows why it took guests at the hotel nearly a week to actually report the issue to the management, but eventually it happened so someone was sent to check things out. The hotel had four cisterns that it drew its water from and they all seemed alright – with the exception of one. Nothing big really, just the decomposing body of a woman tainting the water people were getting to that shocking extent. Nobody knew how she ended up there – whether it had been an accident, suicide or something that would make the story even scarier. You know what’s the scariest thing though? Guests at the hotel kept drinking and taking showers with said water for nearly a week. Yup.

Some Urban Legends that Are True (Part 1)

Some Urban Legends Are True (Part 1)

So much for the urban legend status. Information travels fast, and over the length of all ages of mankind, word of mouth made sure that everyone was aware of the craziest, most attention worthy events that came up in people’s lives. In an age ruled by internet, information is even more ridiculously easy to come across – including erroneous, false affirmations that one or another came up with to serve their own purposes; or simply for fun. But at times, things can go the other way around: something that has always been considered a simple urban legend suddenly receives ground and proof that it is in fact, true. Sit down and grab your blanky, because this is going to be scary.

1. Carnivorous escalators

Something that our parents told us when we were kids, right? Tie your shoelace so you don’t end up like those boys on the news that got eaten by the escalator because they didn’t. Yeah, sure. You grow up, it never happens to you, and probably even end up telling your kids the same. And thank god you do because that couldn’t be a more real danger.

There have been several cases throughout the world of people getting literally chewed up by escalators. The rogue shoelace getting stuck in the gritty, metallic stairs going up with no possible stop idea couldn’t be more terrifying until you actually think about it a little. Once the shoelace is in, there’s no getting it out – trying to take your shoe off becomes a little difficult when the caught shoelace keeps tightening around your ankle. What happens after? Well, documented cases speak of toes and feet partially getting chewed off by escalators; upon trying to free themselves, victims also risked other parts of their body – most often their hands. In one case, a man got strangled by an escalator as he bent down to free his shoelace and got his hoodie caught in it as well.

2. Beware of your local mall and/or leveled hyper store.

Ever got the feeling you were being watched?

This is inadvertently becoming a “creepy” list of things that happen to be true too soon and too fast, but that’s urban legends to you. This one might be familiar to many people as it has circulated on the internet quite a lot and falls into the urban legends king category. I have personally never felt like I was being watched but many individuals claim it’s a real thing – not just something you have seen in movies. So the urban legend says that your 6th “someone’s watching me” sense starts tingling before you discover that despite your home security, a malicious stranger has in fact invaded your home and definitely did not bring banana bread to repay your hospitality.

In most cases, that is surely only Hollywood movie material. In one particular case however, it turned out it wasn’t. Few years ago in Japan, a man (although not claiming any 6th sense tingles) kept finding things amiss in his home such as missing food, objects not where he’d put them despite his home being safe and no hint suggesting there had been a break-in at any point. Out on a whim, the man proceeded to set up cameras in his home to clear out the mystery; after everything was set and done, he checked the footage the next morning.

To his horror, the video entailed a woman crawling out of one of his cupboards and going around his home to only return to the cupboard after everything was over. Upon the police’s arrival, a homeless woman was indeed found hiding in the house, in the very cupboard that she had crawled out from on video. While you’d think that’s pretty bad, turns out she had been living in the man’s house for nearly a year, eating, sleeping and even bathing there whenever he left.

3. Shrunken head tales were actually inspired from reality. Amazonian reality.


While everyone uses the shrunken head thing as a fun – or scary, depending on genre – element addition to their stories and voodoo-themed media, very few actually ask themselves where the trend actually started from. And that’s the case with so many thematic appearances in a lot of videos, films, books and whatnot.

Such goes the story of the shrunken heads. How WOULD you get a shrunken head anyway? There’s no way that was real at any point in history. Well, surprise, it was. In tribes from around the Amazon more specifically. While it wasn’t a very broadly popular practice and was barely seen anywhere else across the planet, head shrinking seems to have taken place until late 19th century in said tribes.

The way they did it was cutting the back of the severed head, skinning the skull, sewing the eyes and mouth shut, boiling it and then drying it with hot rocks until it became a mass of… tissue that you could mold into a head-like shape. While these were kept as trophies most likely, it soon became more of a sport and trade as tribes started hunting and killing enemy tribes just for head-collecting – all because of traders offering guns in exchange for the tokens. This trade actually continued until the 1940s until it was finally outlawed. That’s awfully late if you ask me.

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

Have you ever wondered what people did in the old days for fun?

The truth is that old time hobbies and activities were even weirder than the stuff we do to pass the time these days.

Listening to Citizens Band Radios

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

My wacky uncle had a CB radio and used to get hours of entertainment out of it. At the time he seemed to me like the coolest guy with the best hobby in the world. However, now that I am no longer a dribbling toddler who can´t be trusted to go to the toilet alone I can see that I was utterly wrong. This is the worst hobby in the world. All he would do was sit in front of the contraption for long spells and listen to complete strangers utter random nonsense like “10-2 big boy, bird dog on the loose, affirmative”. What on Earth were they on about and why didn´t he just listen to a normal radio station with faintly less insane people talking through it?

Playing the Harmonica for Fun

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

When was the last time you saw someone younger than Bob Dylan or Neil Young play the harmonica for fun? That´s correct; 1924 is when. For some reason the act of blowing sweet, winsome music out of a piece of metal is a dying art. This is probably why no one gets called things like Blind Harmonica Wolf Boy or Blowing Bill Hickabilly these days.  Give a kid a harmonica just now and he´ll ask you where the USB port is, whether it is compatible with his digital boxers and whether it feeds directly to his Twitter account.       

Visiting the Morgue

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

If your ancestors lived in Paris in the 19th century then there is a good chance that they spent some time peering at dead bodies. This quaint old time hobby started when the local morgue was built near tourist attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine. It had a glass wall built into it and theatrical style curtains at either end. The morgue got pretty famous among thrill seekers who wanted to see dead French dudes on slabs, which was probably pretty much everyone in those days.

Hoop Rolling

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

The gentle pleasure of rolling a hoop along the street with the help of a stick is one of those hobbies that time has robbed us of. To be fair, this is a still a valid pastime in some Third World countries but everywhere else it is something that simply doesn´t exist anymore. If you don´t believe me then try the following test. Take a random 10 year old boy. Hand him a hoop and a small stick and tell him to take the hoop down the street in the most effective and fun way possible. After he has beaten to you to a pulp with the stick he will contact Uber on his iPhone and get a private hire vehicle to transport the hoop to the end of the street. Fact. 

Pistol Dueling

Old Time Activities That You Never See These Days

Wouldn´t you have loved to have lived in the days when the most sensible comeback to someone insulting you was to challenge them to a pistol duel at dawn? Probably my favorite internet myth of all time is that in Paraguay it is legal to carry out a pistol duel as long as both combatants are registered blood donors. In fact, it might be true for all I know but the world can´t possibly be as much fun as that, I don´t think.