Pop Cults: Religion and Popular Music
We were instructed to chant if we felt upset, for instance. The same if we were having a hard time. It also created a sense of euphoria when thinking of their leader, positioning him as the answer to all of their problems. Related Stories. Cult leaders, who are known for isolating their followers and seeking inappropriate loyalty , can take the emotions and feelings of togetherness that group singing and dancing provide and use it as a form of mind control.
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It is common in cults to use music in religious ceremonies, in order to direct emotional and psychological attention to a specific ideology or person. Lisa Kohn, author of the memoir To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence , remembers her time in the Unification Church, which her mother brought her into at the age of 10, as one full of music. For Moonies, as they are colloquially known, singing religious music, both American and Korean, was a part of regular services that fostered a sense of community. The rock music introduced to her by her hippie parents, from the Hairspray soundtrack to the Beatles, was banned, but the Moonies did sing some folk songs — with a twist.
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Moon was considered the return of the Messiah and, as such, requested tithes from his followers that would amount to their life savings. According to Korsakova-Kreyn, music immerses us in a virtual reality of emotion.
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At a time when fundamentalism is on the rise, traditional religions are in decline and postmodernity has challenged any system that claims to be all-defining, young people have left their traditional places of worship and set up their own, in clubs, at festivals and within music culture. Pop Cults investigates the ways in which popular music and its surrounding culture have become a primary site for the location of meaning, belief and identity. It provides an introduction to the history of the interactions of vernacular music and religion, and the role of music in religious culture.
Rupert Till explores the cults of heavy metal, pop stars, club culture and virtual popular music worlds, investigating the sex, drug, local and death cults of the sacred popular, and their relationships with traditional religions.
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