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The Emin Society

A highly secretive British New AGe doomsday cult formed in 1970 by an encyclopaedia salesman called Raymond Armin, who now lives in Florida. It was under an oak tree on Hampstead Heath that Armin first discovered 'The Eminent Way' which he shortened to 'Emin'. It is also know as The Foundation for Human Development and the Earth School.

There is no communal living within the cult but clandestine meetings are held about three nights a week and at weekends - there are now members in America, Australia and Israel. They claim to have over 3,000 members in Europe and the US. The British Cult Information Centre considers Emin to be one of the fastest-growing cults in this country. Armin made a brief public appearance in 1983 when David Mellor prevented Emin leasing a church hall in Putney. In an interview with the Putney And WandsworthGuardian, Armin said:

'I reckon I'm about the most brilliant man you have ever met. I must be to have all these people with university degrees following me...obsession is a weak word for it. These people would follow me around the world till I die.'

Emin followers believe that the world is about todestroy itself. The answer is to follow Armin's 'esoteric philosophy', which means accepting the mystical significance of colours and numbers, dancing ingowns, astrology, astral travel, heraldry, tarot, reincarnation and changingyour name to words like Opal or Wonderful. Ravel's Bolero is often played at meetings where Armin's latest cryptic messages from Florida are read out to members who pay about $50.00 (US) a week just to belong plus other fees and "donations."