Top 5 Weirdest Religions

We can all agree that the religion is a private matter and that it should not be discussed. Keeping your beliefs for yourself is the smartest thing to do, because not everybody wants to hear your endless explanations and views on certain god, heaven or hell. If you are going to practice it, it should be intimate, only for you and it would be good if you don’t bother others the same way they don’t bother you with their beliefs or disbeliefs. However, besides the several big religions known in the world, there are some more that are kind of odd even for everyone’s taste. The list contains Top 5 Weirdest Religions

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#1. Scientology

Yes, it takes the first place on the list. Most people who are not practicing have a strong belief that this is an odd religion more connected with worshiping of strange things. Also, the ones who are practicing it are becoming weird and kind of annoying (yes Tom Cruise). 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 preaches (if that is the right word for what they do) that at the higher levels of initiation (OT levels) mystical teachings are imparted that may be harmful to unprepared readers. Those teachings are not presented to 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. Here is the story of Xenu (sometimes Xemu), 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, put 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.

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#2. The Temple of Psychick Youth

Don’t worry the name is not misspelled. This is the actual name and even though it sounds like a title of a terrible teenage horror/comedy from the eighties, but no, it is an actual religion. Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) was founded in 1981 by members of Psychic TV, Coil, Current 93, and a number of other individuals. The constant evolving network is a loosely federated group of people operating as a unique blend of artistic collective, and practitioners of magic (This seems like fun, don’t you think?). TOPY is dedicated to 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’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. As mentioned above, it is totally like a teenage movie).

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#3. Church of All Worlds

This is a neo-pagan religion founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. The religion started as a group of friends and lovers who were partly 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 (sounds awesome already). “Gaea,” is the Earth Mother Goddess and the Father God, are two high powers they trust in. Many of their ritual celebrations are centered on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. 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. If you are a fan of Harry Potter you already like this, don’t you?

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#4. Church of SubGenius

This is a parody religion that promotes slack, and satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, UFOs, and popular culture. The church claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the “world’s greatest salesman” J. R. “Bob” Dobbs. “Bob” Dobbs is depicted as a cartoon of a Ward Cleaver-like man smoking a pipe. The church really started “working” with the publication of SubGenius Pamphlet #1 in 1979. Underground pop-culture circles accepted this “religion”, college campuses as well, especially in the underground music scene, and on the Internet. SubGenius claimed that on July 5, 1998: X-Day would happen. That meant that the Church had been predicting that on this day the world would be destroyed by invading alien armies known as the X-ists (which is short for “Men from Planet X”). When the event didn’t come to pass, the church administrator who predicted it was tarred and feathered – but allowed to continue on as administrator. The actor Paul Reubens who played Pee-wee Herman is a SubGenius minister (so if you have seen the movie you can only imagine what sort of goofy things are going on in this church).

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#5. The Church of Euthanasia

Yes it is as crazy as it sounds. This is a political organization that was started by the Reverend Chris Korda in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the United States. It is a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth, according to their website description. 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 also 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 which they use are equally brutal like: “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself”, “Six Billion Humans Can’t Be Wrong”, and “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus”. Everything they do is to oppose the hard core Christian beliefs against abortion, homosexuality and premarital intercourse.

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