Well, the cult-link is there, but also disputable.
I've been trying to find a good pro- and anti-Ramtha piece.
It's actually quite difficult to find a history without bias.
The founder of "Ramtha" is a lady called J.Z.Knight.
Despite her claim of her first vision of Ramtha in 1977, her material only took-off when Shirley MacLaine mentioned Knight in one of her New Age
Knight was then known for "channeling" sessions with Ramtha.
Ramtha claims to speak through Knight as his medium, and he is allegedly a 35, 000 year old Lemurian/Atlantian. He claims to be a "god" and a
"servant" (old hat).
The message was first loving and positive, but then Knight increasingly mentioned natural disasters, and cataclysms. Even in the late 1980s
anti-Ramtha groups were formed, and there was major concern about especially elderly members selling their homes to move closer to Knight.
Although Knight became exceedingly rich, it never became a "cult" with a compound.
It seemed closer to a New Age scam.
Even former members said that Knight was more interested in selling courses and media, and didn't believe any of it herself.
However, ex-members have been warning about a full-scale cult.
I'm still reading on the issue. This is just a summary.
As for the French couple, they were already a bit strange, probably before "Ramtha".
edit on 23-1-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)