Respectful interviewing, but not thorough enough. And then they can have a hard time getting out, because now they have that social need being met. Footage of hidden rituals, documents of exactly who went there and at what time, among some other surprising things, Wild Wild Country deserves massive props for being willing to tackle such a large topic, especially considering the dangerous implications of it, as well as its forgotten nature. The interviews and subject matter may be a little too uncomfortable for some, as they can get fairly deep and brutally honest. His parents were not part of the inner circle, and he was largely unaware of the central conflict of immigration fraud, salad poisoning in the local town, and voter fraud.
Looking Back While the story itself is already incredibly engaging not to mention disturbing and unsettling , what really brings Wild Wild Country a sense of authenticity or at least evidence of in-depth research are the multiple interviews scattered throughout that bring a level of perspective to the entire situation, for better or worse. While he admits he never witnessed one of the infamous giant orgies, he did know it was going on. The cult leader wants to control people, to a certain degree. In 1981, with the help of Sheela, who became his personal assistant, Rajneesh bought a ranch nearby the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, and moved his cult there, creating a whole new city named Rajneeshpuram. In addition, please read our , which has also been updated and became effective May 23rd, 2018. Interview subjects are free to speak as they desire, which may lead to some uncomfortable moments, especially with Sheela.
In 1978, cult leader Jim Jones urged more than 900 of his followers to kill themselves by drinking poison in Jonestown, Guyana. We see interviews with the Oregonian locals, who even today, harbor a strange resentment towards the Rajneeshees, appearing openly bigoted towards the group and gladly proclaiming their eventual banishment from the area. Religions are an organized belief system, and cults are organized belief systems. You put those things together, you create the perfect storm for getting people into a cult. Historically, if you think of the people we call cult leaders, like David Koresh, James Jones, they all had a certain charisma. Sheela begins her interview by saying that at this point, she has nothing to lose. And that kind of satisfies that need for me.
Rajneesh preached a unlike most other religions. Noa Maxwell was just four when his family decided to leave their life behind and move to India. Cults are a in human behavior. But the majority of us fall in the middle. Rajneesh preached to his followers about the idea of creating awakened people who live in harmony with their surroundings. But his cult also , while creating an isolated community that kept tight control over its members. I think wanting to control is a driving force from the leader, and wanting to belong is the driving force for the member.
When Ma Anand Sheela first met the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in his apartment in Mumbai in 1968, she hugged him and cried. When you look at people who run these organizations, if you look at the more historically famous ones, they had a need to control people, and when that control got pushed up against, they pushed back. Rajneesh was just one of many cult leaders who have captivated — and horrified — people throughout history. In fact, my only flaw is that it can be a little too. More often than not, the victims of a certain crime are often the subject of the documentary, taking on the role of a tragic protagonist in a sense. For more on Rajneesh and his cult, from the 1980s.
The children in the compound ran wild and experimented with other things, too. Impressively done documentary that even after 5 to 6 hours still leaves too many questions unanswered. I'm still very fascinated though. He says he first got drunk when he was 10 and no adults noticed or cared. Negativity in any form was discouraged. Wild Wild Country via The sex orgies were not private Free love means lots of sex, and the commune Noa Maxwell lived on was no exception.
But believe it or not, the focus of this story received all kinds of statewide and even national attention, being sold as one of the tensest inner wars within the U. This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Like so many other cult leaders, he was charismatic, well-educated, and seemed to have all the answers. Rajneesh encouraged followers to express radical emotions, so Maxwell reports that at one point, thousands of people would simultaneously laugh and cry. What do cult leaders have in common? People have killed other individuals in the name of their religion. No one batted an eyelash when he smoked.