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Is the Solar Temple a doomsday cult or New Age religion?

The Story

What drew so many people to join the Order of the Solar Temple? Why does the cult have such a hypnotic hold on its members? Bertrand Ouellet, Director of the Centre for Information on New Religions in Quebec, tries to shed some light on the cult and its leaders in this clip. He explains that the Order of the Solar Temple is not a doomsday cult or bible-related sect waiting for the end of the world. Instead, he explains, the group is expecting "the great transformation of the world." He also refutes the stereotype that its members are uneducated, simple-minded and easily manipulated.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Oct. 6, 1994
Guest(s): Bertrand Ouellet
Host: Kevin Newman
Reporter: Tina Srebotnjak
Duration: 5:52

Did You know?

• Before forming the Solar Temple, Luc Jouret traveled the world giving motivational lectures on self-realization to companies and executives. One of his clients was Hydro-Quebec.

• He told members he had a "spiritual awakening" in the Philippines during his travels, discovering his "true spiritual mission".

• Luc Jouret owned the chalets in Morin Heights and Granges-Sur-Salvan that burned down to the ground.



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