|“||In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.||„|
|~ The Cthulhu Cult's famous quote|
|“||The statuette, idol, fetish, or whatever it was, had been captured some months before in the wooden swamps south of New Orleans during a raid on a supposed voodoo meeting; and so singular and hideous were the rites connected with it, that the police could not but realize that they had stumbled on a dark cult totally unknown to them, and infinitely more diabolic than even the blackest of the African voodoo circles.||„|
|~ Francis Wayland Thurston about the Cthulhu Cult.|
The Cthulhu Cult, also known as the Cult of Cthulhu, is a loosely-organized cult that appears in the Cthulhu mythos, as created by Howard Philips Lovecraft.
The Cthulhu Cult was founded around the same time as mankind first appeared on Earth by the Great Old Ones. Its purpose was to serve the Old Ones on Earth until such a time as they could be freed, and then to free the Old One Cthulhu and bring about the end of the world. The first men were shown images of Cthulhu, and created sculptures of him accordingly to use them in their dark rites.
Cthulhu can only be freed when "the stars are right", having been imprisoned by the Elder Gods before the birth of man. The cult intends to free him using black magic, so that he may grant them a role in the days to come.
The cult appears to have branches across the world (including among remote Inuit tribes), but according to a member who was arrested during a Louisiana raid, it has its headquarters in the mountains of China. This cultist, named Castro, is the source of most of the information about the cult.
The Cthulhu Cult regularly engages in human sacrifice; kidnapped women and children are offered up to enigmatic servitors of Cthulhu known as "Black-winged Ones". No information about these creatures is available beyond that they presumably serve Cthulhu.