The Cultural Rise of Peoples Temple and Heaven’s Gate and the Coercing of Followers

Frederik Christian Middelbo Nordbjærg, Anne Mynte Lyngbo Nielsen, Maya Lyngs, Timmo Melvin Julius Bayless & Dejan Omerbasic

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This project aims to unfold the cultural events of the 1960’s that influenced the rise of cults, Peoples Temple and Heaven’s Gate. We do so with the intent of examining the two different cults, years apart, and thereby uncover whether the cultural events of the decade influenced the rise of Heaven’s Gate as well. Additionally, this project seeks to investigate the coercing of members. Using cultural and social psychological theories, we have concluded that the cults were influenced by similar event, and that those who chose to enter, stayed because of deprivation and a need for belonging.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider80
VejledereIda Klitgård


  • kult
  • religion
  • psykologi
  • deprivation