Mind Bake Presents 7 Bizarre Religions That Actually Exist Number One: The husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip is worshipped as a god by members of a sect known as the Prince Philip Movement (PPM), based in the Yaohnanen region of Tanna, a southern island of the Pacific state and Commonwealth member, Vanuatu. Local legends apparently once told of the son of an earth spirit who had travelled far away across the sea to marry a powerful woman, and that this man would one day return to the island. Supposedly, after observing how local officials responded and reacted to a visit by Queen Elizabeth, the followers of the movement supposed that this woman’s husband must be the spirit’s son from these legends. PPM followers celebrate the Prince’s birthday on 10 June each year as a full-blown religious festival. Number Two: Any religion that spawned from a hit film series has to make the list.
Most people are aware of the basic tenets of the Jedi from their own viewings of the movies – light side/dark side, intangible Force that binds the universe together etc – but there are some who actually follow these beliefs in real life. Jediism has no central organisation, although the Texas-based ‘Temple of the Jedi Order’ has issued a code for believers called ‘The 16 Teachings Of The Jedi.’ Number Three: Started by French racing driver Claude Vorilhons, Raelism takes its name from the honorific given to Vorilhons by aliens who abducted him before revealing the true origins of mankind. With me so far? Good. 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 from throughout Earth’s history, including Jesus, Confucius, Buddha and, erm… Mormonism founder Joseph Smith. 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 Earth should expect their arrival in Jerusalem in the year 2025.
Only 11 more years to go! Number Four: Based in Shibuya, Tokyo, 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. Luckily for us non-believers, they’re working hard to remedy the problem, in so much as they set up a convoy of white vans filled with people dressed in white boiler suits and searched rural Japan for an area free of electromagnetic pollution to set up their base. This took place in 1994, and there have been multiple publicity-attracting acts since, not least 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.
Number Five: Combining a bit of Christian dogma with Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish beliefs, and mixing them all together with a healthy dose of ufology, the 650 or members of the Aetherius Society strive to prevent the total annihilation of the Earth. This is a noble cause, to be sure, although their intentions are called into question by the fact that 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 await the arrival on Earth of the ‘Next Master’, who appears to be some kind of Mega Jesus, descending from the heavens in a flying saucer and possessing great magical powers. Number Six: Happy Science was set up by Japanese businessman Ryuho Okawa, who founded the religion after quitting a career in finance in New York.
Okawa is on a mission to bring peace and happiness to the world, which he does in part by supposedly channelling the spirits and teachings of various religious figures and prophets. One of his most notable claims is the future visit to Earth by the archangel Gabriel, who is supposedly due to touch down in a mere 50 years in Bangkok of all places. Number Seven: Emerging from one of New York’s black Muslim groups in the 1970s, Nuwaubianism refers to the teachings of Dwight York, who went on to be jailed for child molestation and money laundering offences in the 90s. Drawing inspiration from various New Age religions, followers of this particular religion have some especially peculiar beliefs. Among them are that left- and right-handedness are a result of a meteorite hitting the Earth and causing its tilt, and that aborted foetuses have survived and are living in the sewers while trying to take over the world. Thank You for Watching Another Amazing Video! Please remember to subscribe for more!.