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“Those Who Came From The Sky”: Ancient Astronauts And Creationism In The Raëlian Religion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2013 (English)In: Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, ISSN 1946-0538, Vol. 4, no 2, 284-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay will discuss the religious creation of the Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, currently known as his holiness Raël. Following an alleged encounter with an extraterrestrial in 1973 he founded the Raëlian religion. The main tenets of his religion are the notions that humankind is the creation of a group of extraterrestrial scientists; that bodily sensuality and sexuality is something positive; that immortality can be achieved through scientific means; and that if we prove ourselves worthy and rid our world of all destructive tendencies we will inherit the knowledge of our creators and become able to continue the creative cycle by creating life elsewhere in the cosmos. The present article will situate this religion within the context of ancient astronaut theories

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2013. Vol. 4, no 2, 284-299 p.
Keyword [en]
Raëlian Religion, UFO religion, Ancient astronauts, Creationism
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97330OAI: diva2:676921
Available from: 2013-12-08 Created: 2013-12-08 Last updated: 2014-03-12Bibliographically approved

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