History of Los Angeles cults

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From Curbed LA’s Cults Week, a 5-day series ‘exploring Los Angeles’s fruitful and sordid relationship with cults‘, Adrian Glick Kudler presents an introduction to the history of cults in Los Angeles.

The mystical opulence of Los Angeles’s nature and the hoards of sick migrants in its early days probably are at least partly behind the local weakness for cults; McWilliams also blames the shortage of medical scientists in the city’s early days, which was quickly made up for with “Chinese herb doctors, faith-healers, quacks, and a miscellaneous assortment of practitioners,” plus the newness of the city in general, with lots of fresh arrivals eager to leave their pasts and old beliefs behind.

You can read the entire article over at Curbed LA.

As a part of Cults Week, Curbed LA has also published the Q&A session ‘Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?