Wild Wild Country: This new binge-worthy Netflix series about Osho's Rajneeshpuram will leave you shocked

Mar 22:Looking at a picture of a guru with a big beard who has millions of followers isn't exactly a strange concept in a country like ours but as we all know there is much more to these gurus than what meets the eye and Netflix's new series Wild Wild Country explores the same. This six-part docu-series takes the audience to the 1980s when Rajneesh's followers built an entire city to live a utopian life. Rajneeshpuram as it was called then might have sounded like a good plan on paper but as the documentary unfolds, we find that this could serve as a cautionary tale.
So who was Rajneesh?
Rajneesh or Osho was a spiritual guru who gained popularity throughout the world because of his liberal ideas that attracted a lot of free-spirited, free-thinking individuals. The series talks about his idea of a New Man who is free of all evil and lives in harmony, in peace.
But this series isn't about Rajneesh's philosophy, in fact, it isn't about Rajneesh as well. The star of this show is his second-in-command, his personal secretary Maa Anand Sheela, who ran the entire operation and was later convicted of the many crimes that were reportedly done under her watch.
Rajneesh's followers, known as sanyasins or Rajneeshes, shifted to a 64,000 acre ranch in the outskirts of Oregon near a small town called Antelope. To the locals, these sanyasins were outsiders who destroyed the sanctity of the city forever. The locals saw them as a sex cult as naked sunbathing became a common sight. The nights were even more difficult as the Antelopians described them as "living in their bedroom" because of the loud noises they made.
Over a period of almost five years, starting from 1981, the city of Rajneeshpuram grabbed headlines for various reasons and this series presents some of the historical facts that have not yet been presented to the world yet.
1. Mass poisoning of over 750 people
After trying to take over the nearby town of Antelope by buying all the available properties, the Rajneeshees soon realised that to survive, they had to have representation in city's council. And for that, they had to participate in the county elections. Agencies
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