7: CULTS: Shoko Vs Shlomo from Aum Shinrikyo & Lev Tahor

Filth is a virtue! If you’re a member of Aum Shinrikyo, you’ll know this already and this, dear Eavesdroppers, is just a small taste of what we’re talking about this week on Eavesdroppin’, when hosts Geordie & Michelle investigate the weird world of two cults…

At the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, a documentary called AUM: The Cult At The End of The World shocked viewers with its doomsday prophesies and culty behaviours. This week, Michelle digs into the cult and its leader, Shoko Asahara to uncover what happened in the lead up to the 1995 nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo subway and beyond, including a disturbing story of homemade nukes detonated in the Western Australian outback…

Geordie then looks at an extremist branch of Judaism called Lev Tahor. With claims of child sex abuse, teen marriages, women forced to wear head-to-toe cloaks from the age of 3 and extreme punishments, Geordie asks the question: is it an extreme religion or a cult? With accounts from an ex member called Yisrael and a look at what Lev Tahor stands for, it’s up to you to decide…

We hope you enjoy this week’s episode and remember, wherever you are, whatever you do, just keep Eavesdroppin’!

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AUM: The Cult At The End Of The World: https://festival.sundance.org/program/film/638a1569d406b2dedff2c440

More on Aum Shinrikyo: https://nypost.com/2023/01/21/how-a-yoga-studio-turned-into-a-doomsday-cult-that-drank-blood/

Did Aum Shinrikyo set off a nuclear bomb in the Western Australian outback? https://www.vice.com/en/article/7xkv7q/did-a-japanese-cult-detonate-a-nuclear-bomb-in-the-australian-desert

More on Aum’s leader Shoko Asahara: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoko_Asahara

What is Lev Tahor? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev_Tahor

Yisrael’s story of escaping the cult of Lev Tahor: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63942615

Lev Tahor members make a break for it: https://www.timesofisrael.com/lev-tahor-members-break-out-of-mexican-shelter-escape-in-waiting-vehicle/

More on Yisrael’s story: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/former-victim-who-escaped-jungle-29131595

How did Lev Tahor leader Shlomo Helbrans die? https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1315093/death-levaya-lev-tahor-cult-leader-shlomo-helbrans-drowned-mexico.html

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