The Seductive Power Of Uniforms And Cult Dress Codes

by MR Magazine Staff

While most of us have never fallen prey to a cult, that doesn’t mean we’ve escaped their allure entirely. Many of us are still captivated by the mythologies behind these dubious and sometimes dangerous sects, and the wealth of films, television shows and books on the subject is surely proof of our enduring fascination. Recent years have seen the likes of HBO’s “Big Love” and “Going Clear,” as well as Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Documentary” and the eerie “Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene” delve into the disturbing world of cults. Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” is the latest entry into the genre. The six-part documentary series tells the bizarre story of how Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, and his followers took up residence in rural Oregon, embarking on a campaign of bioterrorism against the enraged local community. Aside from all the poisoning, politics and preaching, Rajneesh’s followers were notable in the way they presented themselves in quasi-Buddhist red and orange robes, occasionally combined with a turtleneck and beads. In contrast to the wide collars and kipper ties of the native Oregonians, the “orange people” as they were sometimes referred to looked like from a different planet. Read more at CNN Style.