The Cult of Pythagoras: The Dark Side of the Pythagorean Theorem — Genius or Insanity?

Christopher Jacob
5 min readMay 16

Pythagoras, the eminent luminary in the realms of mathematics and philosophy, harbored a lesser-explored facet within his multifaceted persona. He assumed the role of a captivating guide at the helm of an enigmatic cult, distinguished by its eccentric rituals, unorthodox beliefs, and distinctive approach to human values. While Pythagoras’ academic achievements remain commendable, delving into his captivating sway as a cult leader beckons us to embark upon a journey of deeper inquiry and scrutiny.

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The Pythagorean cult, also known as the Pythagorean Brotherhood, was founded by Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher, and mathematician, in the late 6th century BCE. Pythagoras was born on the island of Samos and later established his school in the city of Croton in Magna Graecia (southern Italy).

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Pythagoras believed that the universe was made up of numbers and that everything in it could be explained mathematically.

He saw the world as a harmonious and perfect system, with each number representing a different aspect of that system. For example, the number one represented unity, the number two represented duality, and so on. The Pythagoreans believed in the transmigration of souls, the idea that the soul could be reborn into a new body after death. They also believed in the concept of karma, the idea that a person’s actions in this life would determine their fate in the next.

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Pythagoras himself was seen as a divine figure by his followers, and he was believed to possess supernatural powers, such as the ability to communicate with animals and control the elements.

Christopher Jacob

Come as you are. Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach. Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, and Business. Two-time International Award-Winning Writer and Editor.