What’s the Top Extremely Weird Religions in the World
There are many Weird Religions in the World and These religions are not well known through out the world but do have a considerable number of followers wherever they are based. Since the dawn of humanity, man has always wanted to know the reason of the facts. As a result, he has often created certain beliefs to explain events with no logic or just without proves.
Although they are sometimes a minority, in this article, we present some of the Weird or most curious existing religions:
Top Extremely Weird Religions you’ve never heard of
Claude Vorilhons, a French race-car driver, started Raelism and derived it from the honorific name given to Vorilhons, by aliens who abducted him before revealing the true origins of mankind. Whuttt? Claude (or Rael, as he was dubbed) was taken to a distant planet called Elohim by the aforementioned aliens, where he was honoured enough to meet great philosophers and religious thinkers throughout history, including Jesus, Confucius, Buddha and Joseph Smith (the founder of Mormonism). In addition to revealing that life on earth began when humans were created from alien DNA 25,000 years ago, the aliens also informed Rael that the Earth should expect their arrival in Jerusalem in the year 2025. Only 10 more years to go!
The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the 14th Century AD. Many Hindus condemn the Aghoris due to their cannibalistic rituals. Followers of this cult carry a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.
Based in Japan, this exceedingly odd group is scared witless by the presence of electromagnetic waves in the modern world, blaming them for climate change, environmental destruction and other worldly ills. This took place in 1994, and there have been multiple publicity-attracting acts since, such as the 2003 attempted abduction of an Arctic seal which had appeared in a Tokyo river. The group reasoned that electromagnetic waves were the cause of this seal’s strange appearance, and that returning it to the Arctic would avert the coming doomsday.
4- Weird Religions | The Bullet Baba’s Motorbike
Not really a religion, but this is the only spiritual movement in the world where idolatry extends to a vehicle. Villagers of Chotila in Rajasthan have erected a shrine for the motorcycle and its dead owner Om Banna, on National Highway-65.
This unusual shrine has a Royal Enfield 350 cc motorcycle as its deity along with the photo of Om Banna, popular as Bullet Baba, who died in a road accident at this very spot. But here’s the supernatural bit – the day after the motorbike was taken under police custody, the vehicle reappeared at the crash site. According to locals, it has happened several times and now several people visit the concrete pedestal where it now stands covered in garlands and holy threads. It is worshiped along with the picture of the former owner, as well as tree that was near the scene of the accident.
5- Aetherius Society
This is basically a combination of a bit of Christian dogma with Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish beliefs, mixing them all together with a healthy dose of ufology (study of UFOs and extraterrestrial life, in case you were about to Google it). The 650 or so members of the Aetherius Society strive to prevent the total annihilation of the Earth. They claim multiple disasters have already been prevented through the use of prayer and ‘Spiritual Energy Batteries’, which hold within them healing energy generated by psychic abilities. They are still waiting for the ‘Next Master’, who’s apparently some kind of Mega Jesus, descending from the heavens in a flying saucer and possessing great magical powers.
6- Happy Science
Japanese businessman Ryuho Okawa founded the religion after quitting a career in finance in New York. On a mission to bring peace and happiness to the world, he does this in part by supposedly channeling the spirits and teachings of various religious figures and prophets. According to him, Archangel Gabriel will touch down on Earth in the future and in the city of Bangkok, of all places. If Gab ever does make it, we will surely put out an article on what he can do in the Thai capital.
Scientology hws featured on a previous list, but if I didn’t include it here, the comments would be inundated with “where’s Scientology?” questions. The Church of Scientology is a cult created by L Ron Hubbard (Elron) in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system called Dianetics. The Church of Scientology holds that at the higher levels of initiation (OT levels), mystical teachings are imparted that may be harmful to unprepared readers. These teachings are kept secret from members who have not reached these levels. In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes Xemu), introduced as an alien ruler of the “Galactic Confederacy.” According to this story, 75 million years ago, Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes, and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. Scientologists at advanced levels place considerable emphasis on isolating body thetans and neutralizing their ill effects.
8- Creativity Movement
The Creativity Movement (formerly known as the World Church Of The Creator) is a white separatist organization that advocates the whites-only religion, Creativity. It was also a descriptive phrase used by Ben Klassen that included all adherents of the religion. The term creator does not refer to a deity but rather to themselves (white people). Despite the former use of the word Church in its name, the movement is atheistic. Creativity is a White Separatist religion that Ben Klassen founded in early 1973 under the name Church of the Creator. After Klassen died in 1993, Creativity almost died out as a religion until the New Church of the Creator was established three years later by Matthew F. Hale as its Pontifex Maximus (high priest), until his incarceration in January 2003 for plotting with the movement’s head of security, Anthony Evola (an FBI informant), to murder a federal judge.
9- Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
Obviously, spelling is not a fundamental part of this religion! Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) was founded in 1981 by members of Psychic TV, Coil, Current 93, and several other individuals. The ever-evolving network is a loosely federated group of people operating as a unique blend of an artistic collective and magic practitioners. TOPY is dedicated to the manifestation of magical concepts lacking mysticism or the worship of gods. The group focuses on the psychic and magical aspects of the human brain linked with “guiltless sexuality.” TOPY has been an influential group in the underground Chaos magic scene and the wider western occult tradition throughout its existence. TOPY’s research has covered both Left-hand path and Right-hand path magick, various elements of psychology, art, music, and a variety of other media. Some of the influences on the network have been Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, and Brion Gysin.
10- Weird Religions | Nation of Yahweh
The Nation of Yahweh is a predominantly African-American religious group that is the most controversial offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites’ line of thought. They were founded in 1979 in Miami by Hulon Mitchell, Jr., who went by the name Yahweh ben Yahweh. Their goal is to return African Americans, whom they see as the original Israelites, to Israel. The group departs from mainstream Christianity and Judaism by accepting Yahweh ben Yahweh as the Son of God. In this way, their beliefs are unique and distinct from other known Black Hebrew Israelite groups. The group has engendered controversy due to the legal issues of its founder and has also faced accusations of being a black supremacist cult by the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Miami Herald. The SPLC has criticized the beliefs of the Nation of Yahweh as racist, stating that the group believe blacks are “the true Jews” and that whites are “white devils.” They also claim that the group believes Yahweh ben Yahweh has a Messianic mission to vanquish whites and that they hold views similar to the Christian Identity movement.
11- The Church of All Worlds
The Church of All Worlds is a neo-pagan religion founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. The religion evolved from a group of friends and lovers who were, in part, inspired by a fictional religion of the same name in the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. The church’s mythology includes science fiction to this day. They recognize “Gaea,” the Earth Mother Goddess and the Father God, as well as the realm of Faeries and the deities of many other pantheons. Many of their ritual celebrations are centered on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Following the tradition of using fiction as a basis for his ideas, Zell-Ravenheart recently founded The Grey School of Wizardry inspired in part by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school in the Harry Potter novels.
12- Universe People
The Universe People or Cosmic People of Light Powers (Czech: Vesmírní lidé sil sv?tla) is a Czech religious movement centered around Ivo A. Benda. Its belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating with Benda and other “contacters” since October 1997 telepathically and, later, by direct personal contact. According to Benda, those civilizations operate a fleet of spaceships, led by Ashtar Sheran, orbiting the Earth. They closely watch and help the good and are waiting to transport their followers into another dimension. The Universe People’s teachings incorporate various elements from ufology (some foreign “contacters” are credited, though often also renounced after a time as misguided or deceptive), Christianity (Jesus was a “fine-vibrations” being), and conspiracy theories (forces of evil are supposed to plan compulsory chipping of the population).
13- Weird Religions | Jediism
George Lucas’s Star Wars has produced millions of fans, and it has now provided the foundation for a (sort of) religion—Jedism. Most people are aware of the basic tenets of the Jedi from their own viewings of the movies light side/dark side, supernatural force that binds the universe together, etc.—but some actually follow these beliefs in real life. There is no central structure or official beliefs for the Texas-based “Temple of the Jedi Order;” nevertheless, Jedism is usually found to be nontheistic and desirous of doing good. What qualifies as “good” is defined by each individual Jedi as there is no absolute moral standard within the religion. However, they do have a general code for its followers—“The 16 Teachings of the Jedi.” Those who take Jedism seriously value the idea of the Force as energy for good in the world, though they dismiss the reality of Darth Vader, Jawas, a planet called Tatooine, and the ability to move objects or people using the Force. It is not that they believe these Star Wars materials to be factual, but that they find the concept of the Force to be a spiritual or philosophical guide to life. It’s probably the weirdest, considering that it binds fictional values from a movie series as well as beliefs from Asian religions like Buddhism and Taoism.
14- Prince Philip Movement
The Prince Philip Movement is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The Yaohnanen believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 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 ancient tales, the son travelled over the seas to a distant land, married a powerful lady, and would, in time, return. The villagers had observed the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by colonial officials and concluded that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son of their legends. When the cult formed is unclear, but likely, it was sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. Their beliefs were strengthened by the royal couple’s official visit to Vanuatu in 1974 when a few villagers had the opportunity to observe the prince from afar. Prince Philip was made aware of the religion and has exchanged gifts with its leaders and even visited them.
15- The Church of Euthanasia
The Church of Euthanasia (CoE) is a political organization started by Reverend Chris Korda (pictured above) in the Boston, Massachusetts, area of the United States. According to the church’s website, it is “a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring the balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth.” The CoE uses sermons, music, culture jamming, publicity stunts, and direct action combined with an underlying sense of satire and black humor to highlight Earth’s unsustainable population. The CoE is notorious for its conflicts with Pro-life Christian activists. According to the church’s website, the one commandment is “Thou shalt not procreate.” The CoE further asserts four principal pillars: suicide, abortion, cannibalism (“strictly limited to consumption of the already dead”), and sodomy (“any sexual act not intended for procreation”). Slogans employed by the group include “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself,” “Six Billion Humans Can’t Be Wrong,” and “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus,” all of which are intended to mix inflammatory issues to unnerve those who oppose abortion and homosexuality.
16- Weird Religions | Nuwaubianism
Nuwaubianism is an umbrella term used to refer to the doctrines and teachings of the followers of Dwight York. The Nuwaubians originated as a Black Muslim group in New York in the 1970s and have gone through many changes ever since. Eventually, the group established a headquarters in Putnam County, Georgia, in 1993, which they have since abandoned. York is now in prison after being convicted on money laundering and child molestation charges, but Nuwaubianism endures. York developed Nuwaubianism by drawing on a wide range of sources which include Theosophy-derived New Age movements such as Astara, the Rosicrucian’s, Freemasonry, the Shriners, the Moorish Science Temple of America, the revisionist Christianity & Islam, the Qadiani cult of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the numerology of Rashad Khalifa, and the ancient astronaut theories of Zecharia Sitchin. In one Nuwaubian myth, white people are said to have been created as a race of killers to serve blacks as a slave army, but this plan went awry.