Sectarian excesses: “White wolf”, a rapist disguised as a shaman?

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In December 2021, Cyrille Adam, better known by his followers as the “White Wolf”, was arrested and indicted. A self-proclaimed shaman within the community he created, he allegedly raped and sexually abused several of his disciples. Five women and one man filed a complaint. Others may follow. He denies everything.

The Château de Granès in Réalville in the Tarn-et-Garonne, an opulent house in Sumène in the Gard, the Mas Costerede in Prats-de-Mollo in the Pyrénées-Orientales (see page 3), and a Porsche to get around. This is the “easy” way of life of the one who, one day of revelation, decided to call himself “White Wolf”. It was in 1996. Very impregnated with mysticism from an early age, the man was called at the time Ahimsa Hridaynanada and poured into Hinduism and “harmony-therapy”. The great Indian chief Sitting Bull would then have appeared to him, causing a red cloud to float above his head. “You were a great Indian chief”, would have assured him this Native figure of the 19th century…

Cyrille Adam is 70 years old today, but he has just celebrated them in prison. On December 9, he was indeed arrested by the specialized services of the Cell for assistance and intervention in matters of sectarian aberrations (Caimades) while he was in Tarn-et-Garonne. At the Château de Granès, he regularly gave introductory courses in the movement he created years earlier and which he called “Shamanism from the origins”.

Around him, between 200 and 300 followers gravitated and ensured that “White Wolf” lived largely free from want. The group’s latest acquisition, via the association “Les amis du peuple debout”, is none other than the vast 600 m2 property in Pratts-de-Mollo, paid for €900,000 in 2020.

“Can’t Say No”

Behind the particular lifestyle of the septuagenarian, whose Gard residence concealed cash and gold bars according to the searches carried out, there are undoubtedly hidden financial sprains which could lead to a separate investigation, as often in the case of excesses sectarian. But what has pushed the alleged shaman behind bars in recent weeks is much more serious.

Several of the former disciples of the “guru” of the organization have indeed lodged a complaint after grouping together to denounce the practices of the one whom his followers consider to be a living god. We are talking here about “rape, abuse of weakness by subjection and sexual assault”, committed on at least six victims (five women, one man).

At the heart of these accusations, the influence that Cyrille Adam would have exercised over his followers, widely described in the testimonies collected. “People came to greet the empty seat as a sign of veneration or submission… And when he was there, we lined up to touch his feet, we arrive on our knees, we leave on our knees without turning our backs on him”, says a former alleged victim.
So when the tutelary figure of this organization explained to women that having a sexual relationship with him, under the guise of experimenting with tantrism, could “solve their problems”, “help them to flourish”, or even achieve “the sexual harmony”, it was “impossible for them to say no”.

During his police custody and during the two hearings which followed his requests for release, Cyrille Adam denied these accusations en bloc, certifying that the relationship was “consented”. “It is not enough for the accusers to say that they are under the influence, it must be demonstrated and it must be proven that Mr. Adam was aware that they were under the influence when they performed acts of a sexual nature”, supports his lawyer. , Me Khadija Aoudia, practicing in Nîmes, where her client was tried and temporarily imprisoned. A dozen testimonies overwhelm the accused for the moment, but many others could flow, the national police having launched a call for witnesses on January 28th.

Hundreds of followers still under his thumb

The homepage of his website, still very active, leaves no room for doubt: Cyrille Adam, alias Loup Blanc, still has very strong support within his community despite the accusations against him. “White Wolf, transmitter of the teachings described here, is the subject of false defamatory accusations which we reject. Our association has decided to leave free access to this site to show our support and so that everyone can verify for themselves that the media harassment of which it is the object is misleading and disrespectful vis-à-vis of his person and of the principle of the presumption of innocence. We have nothing to hide and we are determined to prove that the articles published and the accusations made against him are false. You will be regularly informed of our actions, supported by our lawyers”, is it described, in the same tone as the rest of the site, totally dedicated to the glory of the shaman.

Among his followers, the profiles are surprising, if we are to believe his alleged victims who are testifying today. Executive of the territorial function, doctor, general of the army, judge, auditor… “You say to yourself: They are intelligent people, we cannot be in a sect”, remembers a former follower. The Interministerial Mission for vigilance and the fight against sectarian aberrations (Miviludes), alerted on numerous occasions, no longer agrees.

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Sectarian excesses: “White wolf”, a rapist disguised as a shaman?

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