The Strangest Cults In History

The Pana-Wave Laboratory

The Strangest Cults In History The Pana-Wave Laboratory
HACHIMAN, JAPAN – APRIL 30: Keiichi Hasegawa, leader of the cult group ‘Pana Wave Laboratory’ receives the document by city officials on April 30, 2003 in Hachiman, Gifu, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images) source


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Japan definitely has its own fair share of strange cults, and perhaps one of the most bizarre to come out of the 1970s was the Pana-Wave Laboratory. This strange group believed that a cataclysmic earthquake would destroy Japan in 2003. 

The cultists were known for driving around in white suits and white vans, warning people about damage from electromagnetic radiation sent from Communists. They believed that wearing white was the only way to protect themselves from “scalar electromagnetic waves.”

Japan eventually had enough of their creepy behavior and strange vans, so they nipped it in the bud. After it was revealed that members were fabricating vehicle registrations, officials slapped them with hefty fines. Eventually, the cult died out.  

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