When we think of religions, three big ones come up: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. There are plenty of others in the modern-day, and many religions have come and gone throughout history.
Modern religions have popped up in the last few hundred years, forming cults that follow the practices and far-out beliefs of the random leader figures.
Many of them are scams meant to get people to give up all the money that Churches would typically get.
The real dangerous ones are where the people believe they’re onto something that can justify otherwise criminal actions. And a lot of them are named after a Family.
The family, also known as the Santiniketan Park Association formally and the “Great White Brotherhood” as another more ominous title, was a particular new-age religion founded by Anne Hamilton-Byrne. And it was called The Family because everyone was her “Child.”
10 Starting A Family
Anne Hamilton-Byrne was born as Evelyn Grace Victoria Edwards, an Australian native. Her first husband died in a car accident after having their first and only daughter.
As a widow, she found solace in practicing Yoga and began to teach it in the 60s to other ladies in suburban Australia.
Her former students became her followers as her expansion into Eastern religions such as Hinduism opened her mind to new ideas about who she was.
9 Stretching The Line
Anne made her mark permanent when she managed to recruit Dr. Raynor Johnson under the auspice of the growing spiritualism trend in high academia.
He was intrigued to listen to her notions of new-age thoughts and philosophies as she blended Eastern Hindu with the standard Christian idealism.
This formed the basis of her cult’s beliefs, centered around her as the Messiah – literal Jesus Christ reincarnated as the next leader of the world.