The Order of the Solar Temple
by Will Newman and Miles Eubanks
This is the Order of the Solar Temple's symbol.
Joseph DI Mambro
This was one of the co-foundrers of the cult group. He organized most of the mass suicides.
Another co-founder, also responsible for some of the suicides and murders.
How where the groups resocialized?
Believers were resocialized to believe in establishing a correct understanding of power in the world, a second coming of Jesus Christ, and in unifying all Christian churches and Islam.
The cult practiced a form of socialization by having large amount of members participating in group events, like mass suicides.
Members of the cult display a generalized other by believing the leaders that there would be an apocalypse in the mid 90’s.
The members form new peer groups when they participate in the cult and meet new people.
The cult shows examples of rights of passage by having differing ranks that members can rise up.
The cult desocializes people by making them give up their sense of what is right and wrong and forces them to accept new beliefs.
The cult used total institutions to separate members from the rest of the world and force them to either commit suicide or be murdered.
- Members of the cult adopt new reference groups, through either other group members or leaders of the cult.
This is where the headquarters of the cult was located.
Where most of the mass suicides to place.
This is were the rest of the suicide and murder events were.
Why did the cult end?
One of the most known Solar Temple suicides was the burning incident. In this suicide, many members got into a room and turned the gas on. Once the room was full of gas one of the members ignited the fire.
The last Supper
Joseph Di Mambro and 12 other members performed a ritual the Last Supper before the mass suicides.
Once the media began to talk about the solar temple, and once people realized what the group was, members began to leave the cult and the group started fading away.