I grew up in a cult. It was heaven — and hell. | Lilia Tarawa | TEDxChristchurch



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Lilia Tarawa was brought up in the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where she was constantly surrounded by everyone she loved. But over time, she began to see the dark side of her community, and ultimately realised that she had to get out. In this raw and emotional talk, Lilia shares the reality of life in a cult, and her heart-wrenching journey to break free.

Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand’s infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand’s infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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34 Responses

  1. Chelsey Johnson says:

    I grew up in one too. It sucks.

  2. Bethany Thomas says:

    i agree who could treat a child like that

  3. Bethany Thomas says:

    why do the girls have headcoverings

  4. ilaria guidi says:

    Am i the only one fascinated by her accent?? I could listen to her for hours

  5. Ember says:

    anyone else see that woman try to hand her a tissue

  6. Sweet V Here says:

    This is boring

  7. Sweet V Here says:

    What the heck is cleaned up spew?

  8. Merriann Pham says:

    i friggin love her accent

  9. neigh neigh says:

    I LOVE HER

  10. Sarah Juska says:

    I always kept a distance from organized religion; not because of the religion itself but the people. Of course not all religious people are bad, some I met are really nice, kind and very humble. I'm more than happy to talk about the beliefs. But there some I heard of are very…how can I say it? I guess a little too prideful of their beliefs.

  11. Average Crow says:

    This is a problem because now all the TED Talk videos are going to be in my recommended. Of course that means I'm going to click on all of them. r.i.p any chance that I'm doing homework tonight lol

  12. Denise Cabral says:

    I admire her strength to open her heart about her childhood trauma onstage and share how she rose from the ashes. Yeah, her report card was spot on!

  13. Allie Williams says:

    Those people are not Christians.

  14. Skin Bear says:

    Im surprised she still is a believer after that, honestly, im disappointed she is still involved in religion.

  15. Alisha Qaiser says:

    there are some bad people out there 🙁

  16. BBCunited says:

    What about dental care?

  17. Cloudyatm says:

    She looks like adore Delano

  18. hellseher_JM says:

    14:20 That person in the right corner is awesome and deserves a prize

  19. Janice Koh says:

    Those are not christians, those are the opposite of the word Christian. They are like Satan but worst, no one should EVER make people suffer. Kinda ironic because they push themselves away from Satan but they are.

  20. Samantha Machie says:

    Never knew a 20 minute video could make me cry sad tears and happy too. So glad she's out of there and into this world showing people what she's really made of. Wish more women were like this!!!

  21. devil3sixi yeah says:

    She is scary

  22. KIMINKINK ' says:

    13:40 YES, SHE SNAPPED.

  23. Natasha Bailie says:

    Fantastic talk.

  24. doroniel says:

    bts army's campaign fully supports u lets goooo

  25. Infallible Lukas says:

    i couldn't get over the way she pronounces 'e'

  26. Gacha Ocea says:

    I came here from listening to e
    Ergonomic Hero by Miku Hatsune and Gumi. If you wanna understand why, listen to the song with English/ ur language Captions.

  27. Fatima Shields says:

    remarkable resilience thank you for sharing your story

  28. JøJuRu says:

    GRETCHEN FROM UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT CONFIRMED

  29. M Vlogs says:

    Amazing story!

  30. turtle duck says:

    the woman in the bottom right corner offered a tissue at 14:19 how kind

  31. Anchy says:

    I don't get how there are any dislikes

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