Culture, Charisma, and Consciousness: The Case of the Rajneeshee
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 357–375, December 2002
How to Cite
Lindholm, C. (2002), Culture, Charisma, and Consciousness: The Case of the Rajneeshee. Ethos, 30: 357–375. doi: 10.1525/eth.2002.30.4.357
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
This article outlines the basics of a theory of charisma drawn from a synthesis of the classic texts of Weber, Marx, and Freud. This abstract theoretical perspective is then applied to an analysis of the charismatic religious cult led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Emphasis is placed on the methods used to inculcate loyalty infollowers and on the personal history and psychic capacities of the leader.