Religion can be defined as a collection of cultural systems, belief systems and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and moral values. Most of the religions have their own symbols, traditions, narratives and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the universe. It is believed that there are 4.200 religions in the world, but there are some really weird religions and cults which are known for the wild origins, destructive and humorous beliefs. Here is our list of 5 most bizarre and strange religions in the world!
Scientology Scientology is a cult founded in 1952 by American science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who is also the author of the best selling book Dianetics. Later he founded the Church of Scientology, based in New Jersey. Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Hubbard based his incredibly popular and strange religion on the idea that life on Earth is indirectly created by omnipotent alien creature Xenu. According to Hubbard, Xenu is intergalactic dictator who has sent billions of his followers on Earth 75 million years ago, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. All that was left were their souls – thetans, from which later evolved life on planet Earth.
Universe People Universe people or Cosmic people of light powers is a Czech religious movement, founded in 1990s and centered around Ivo A. Benda. Their belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations which are telepathically communicating with Benda since October 1997 and later even by direct personal contact. According to Benda, those civilizations operate a fleet of spaceships, led by Ashtar Sheran, orbiting the Earth. They watch the life on the Earth and are waiting to transport their followers into another dimension.Their teachings incorporate various elements from Christianity, ufology and conspiracy theories.
Nuwaubianism Nuwaubianism is a term used to refer to the teachings of the followers of Dwight York. The Nuwaubians originated as a Black Muslim group in New York in the 1970s. According to the Nuwaubian myth, white people were created as a race of killers to serve to the black people as a slave army, but the plan went wrong. They have some really unusual beliefs, here are few of them:
- Some aborted fetuses survive their abortion to live in the sewers, where they gather and organize to take over the world.
- Each of us has seven clones living in different parts of the world.
- Nikola Tesla actually came from the planet Venus.
- The Illuminati have nurtured Satan’s son, who was born on 6 June, 1966 at the Dakota House in New York to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Pope was present at the birth and the child was raised by former U.S. president Richard Nixon and now lives in Belgium, where it is hooked up to a computer called “The Beast 3M” or “3666.”
Jediism There are also many funny religions in the world, and one of them is Jediism. Jediism is a religion based on the philosophical and spiritual ideas of the Jedi as depicted in Star Wars media. This religion has no founder, and although Jediists acknowledge the influence of Star Wars on their religion, they insist that their path is different from that of the fictional Jedi. The United States Department of Defense recognizes Jediism as a religion and this is the most selected alternative faith in England and Wales.
Prince Philip Movement
Prince Philip Movement The Prince Philip Movement is religious sect of the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. They believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being, the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum. According to their legend, the son traveled over the seas to a distant land, married an influential lady and would in time return. The cult was formed in the 1950s or 1960s, and the royal couple even visited the villagers in 1974.