Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Friday, April 1, 1977

Robert Earl Burton, The Givenchy Gentleman

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton's cologne Givenchy Gentleman

[In the late 70s (and perhaps beyond), Burton was perpetually accompanied by an "atmosphere" of Givenchy Gentleman cologne. Depending upon wind conditions, acolytes detecting the telltale traces of the fragrance were spurred to greater "presence" in anticipation of the guru's imminent arrival, or perhaps anointing the room with his recent passage.]

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