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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Emin A highly secretive British cult formed in 1970 by an encyclopaedia salesman called Raymond Armin, who now lives in Florida. It was under an oak tree on Hampstead Heath that Armin first discovered 'The Eminent Way' which he shortened to 'Emin'. There is no communal living within the cult but clandestine meetings are held about three nights a week and at weekends - there are now members in America, Australia and Israel. The British Cult Information Centre considers Emin to be one of the fastest- growing cults in this country. Armin made a brief public appearance in 1983 when David Mellor prevented Emin leasing a church hall in Putney. In an interview with the Putney And WandsworthGuardian, Armin said: "I reckon I'm about the most brilliant man you have ever met. I must be to have all these people with university degrees following me...obsession is a weak word for it. These people would follow me around the world till I die." Emin followers believe that the world is terrible and is about to destroy itself. The answer is to follow Armin's 'esoteric philosophy', whichmeans accepting the mystical significance of colours and numbers, dancing ingowns, astrology, astral travel, heraldry, tarot, reincarnation and changingyour name to words like Opal or Wonderful. Ravel's Bolero is often played atmeetings where Armin's latest cryptic messages from Florida are read out tomembers. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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