Hulu’s “The Path” and the cult/religion/movement of Meyerism

The dramatic three-season Hulu series The Path follows the lives of Eddie and Sarah Lane (Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan), senior members of a new religious movement known as the Meyerists.

Meyerism itself is a fascinating study in invented religion, combining elements of 1960s/’70s American countercultural spirituality with Peruvian shamanism, Scientology, Christian mysticism and Utopianism among other traditions. Much of the story’s drama arises from the complex patterns of freedom and control imposed by Meyerism, the politics of sustaining a radically nontraditional religious community in modern America and the tensions between belief and unbelief.

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