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Trigger warning: This article has a heavy focus on topics of cults, religion, trauma based mind control, and ritual abuse. Images may be disturbing, shocking, and specific. If this topic is triggering to you, please turn back from this page. viewer discretion is strongly advised.


Cultcore is an aesthetic centered around the themes of cults. It often involves idealization, religious imagery, mind control, and god complexes. It mostly focuses on following false, unrealistic leaders and ideals and the longing for purity but being corrupted. Extremist religions or focusing on one leader, any type of cult. It can also consist of escaping or overthrowing. Some cult survivors may use this aesthetic, but non-survivors should not.




Criticism

Cultcore has been criticized for heavily misrepresenting cults and minimizing the extremely negative effects many cults have on members.[1][2] Cultcore also romanticizes and aestheticizes cults, ritual abuse, and trauma based mind control.

Visuals

Cultcore visuals include groups of people, usually all in black or white clothing, candles, crosses, light gore, open skies, and rainbows. Cryptic or spiritual figures and settings such as churches and forests are often used. Quotes of phrases, words and especially chants relevant to control, religion, power, corruption are popular.

  • Candles
  • Communes in remote locations
  • Crosses
  • Imagery that has become emblematic of certain cults in history, such as purple Kool-Aid or black Adidas tracksuits
  • Light gore
  • Rainbows
  • Skies


Music

  • Disciples - Captain Murphy
  • Boards of Canada - 1969
  • ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™—๐™š ๐™– ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™ง? from the podcast idyllia by Kaiti, but it is similar to a song

Media

Movies

  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Waco (2017)
  • Midsommar ((2019)

Video Games

  • Outlast 2 (2013)
  • Far Cry 5
  • Kanye Quest 3030


Gallery


References

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