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"The difference between a cult or a sect and a religion, is size, a small number of followers vs. a multitude."--Sholem Stein

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In the sociology of religion a sect is generally a small religious or political group that has broken off from a larger group, for example from a large, well-established religious group, like a denomination, usually due to a dispute about doctrinal matters.

In its historical usage in Christendom the term has a pejorative connotation and refers to a movement committed to heretical beliefs and that often deviated from orthodox practices.

A sect as used in an Indian context refers to an organized tradition.

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