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Religion
    Born in India
    Kali worshiping sect of thieves and murderers that existed in India from circa 13th century until the late 19th century
    Although usually Hindus, they also had Sikhs and Muslim members
    Their name is derived from an Indian word meaning conman and gave us the English word 'thug'
    They were usually organized in small family centered groups that passed down membership through the generations like ninja or the mafia
    They operated in small groups by joining traveling convoys in pre-railroad India. After gaining the trust of the larger group they would (usually at night) launch a surprise attack strangling and robbing their victims.
    'The Guinness Book of World Records' estimates they killed up to two million people over a 300 year period.
    The Hindu religion and even the worship of Kali does not in any way justify theft and murder.
    They would sometimes spare the lives of small children but only to enslave them and/or initiate them into their cult.
    They were wiped out by the British during their occupation of India.
    Ironically, considering their preferred mode of murder was strangling, the British usually executed them by hanging.
    It's not like they were the first or last religion to justify murder in the name of religious belief.
    They've been the subject of some really cool TV shows, books, and movies like 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.'
    Their ability to keep their existence and activities secret for so long was incredible. Indeed, some people still don't believe they ever existed, considering them fairy tales or an excuse for the British to crack down on the Indian people.
    The British campaign against them gave rise to the use of modern police techniques such as tracking criminal activities across different jurisdictions and the use of insider informants, who would be exiled rather than executed.

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