Doomsday Cult: Countdown to May

Mainichi Daily News Photo Journal (Japan), May 5, 2003

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    White-robed members of a mysterious doomsday group which calls itself “Panawave Laboratory” make their way around their mountain road camp draped with white sheets in “protection against electromagnetic waves” in Kiyomi village, central Japan.

    Cult members are convinced that the human race will be destroyed on May 15 this year because of a dramatic change in the angles of the Earth’s axis.

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    Panawave group members wrap a tree in white cloth near their camp to deflect electromagnetic waves that they say have made their founder gravely ill.