‘Antares de la Luz’s Doomsday Cult’ Explained: What Happened To Pablo Undurraga & Natalia?

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Netflix has brought out another documentary film concerning a devilish cult, this time from Chile, covering the bizarre incidents that shocked the Latin American country back in 2012. The Doomsday Cult of Antares de la Luz follows the rise and eventual downfall of the leader known as Antares de la Luz, literally meaning Antares of the Light, through interviews of various former members and close associates, along with police personnel and lawyers who were linked with the case. Overall, The Doomsday Cult of Antares de la Luz makes for an intriguing and chilling watch for those looking for such documentary works.

While the Netflix documentary film The Doomsday Cult of Antares de la Luz begins from the moment the police find out about the horrific acts of the cult, which led to its eventual downfall, it is better to first look into the character at the center of it all. Ramon Castillo Gaete hailed from the Penalolen commune in Chile and did not really have anything unusual or extraordinary about him. Gaete mostly worked as a teacher for young children in a nearby village and was quite well-known in his community for having strong social and political interests. He was also skilled in playing musical instruments like the clarinet and saxophone, which led him to become a member of a band named Amaru, along with a few university friends. Since his childhood, Gaete used to suffer from an unexplainable pain in his body at times, which would apparently grip hold of his entire life and make him immobile whenever the pain struck.

In order to get rid of the pain, the man had tried ayahuasca once, which apparently helped him deal with the suffering a great deal, and this made Gaete prone to taking ayahuasca again when the pain returned. A brew made out of various leaves and parts of trees found in the local forests, ayahuasca is quite well known as a psychotropic drug, although indigenous people in many parts of Latin America use it as medicine. It was the repeated use of ayahuasca a number of times that got to Gaete’s head, making him believe that he was someone special or that he wanted to do something different in life. Around this time, the man dropped his official name and asked everyone to call him Antares de la Luz as he compared himself to the brightest star in the Scorpio constellation, Antares. As a student of pedagogy at the university, he gained a vast amount of knowledge and interest in the American spiritualist writer Carlos Castaneda and the Mayan civilization.

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