The cult phenomenon : an overview : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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McNeil, Shannon
Mangelsdorf, Sarah J.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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This project combines written material with visual art to form an integrated piece of learning material. First will be a written discussion of the cult phenomenon: a definition of cults throughout history, a brief discussion of a few infamous cults, a reflection on membership of cults, and a discussion of the conversion process of cult members are all included. Next will follow a discussion of how this research relates to the visual representation of a hypothetical cult life in dance form. The reader will be able to follow the creative process, the symbolism involved, and the final aspect of the performance of this piece. The overall purpose of this thesis is to gain a better understanding for cults throughout history, and to appreciate how this newfound knowledge can be represented in a visually artistic way.