TIL that in 1991 a self-appointed reincarnation of Jesus Christ named Vissarion established a sect with thousands of followers, who lived as an isolate community in a remote Siberian village. Having promised the end of the world, the cult leader taught reincarnation and veganism to his adepts.

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  1. Now, I’m admittedly not a reincarnation of Jesus Christ but it occurs to me that it might be a little bit difficult to sustain a community of thousands of vegans in an area famously averse to growing most plant life

  2. I get why people pull these scams. Money, ego, sex, all of the above. What I will never get is why so many people fall for them.

    > Torop repudiated his first wife and married a nineteen-year-old who had lived with him since she was a girl of seven.


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