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Spirits In The Sky

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  • Diane Harrison
    Source: The Adveriser - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia http://tinyurl.com/powsl 18apr06 Spirits In The Sky Could aliens be our ancestors? A growing
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 18, 2006
      Source: The Adveriser - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

      http://tinyurl.com/powsl

      18apr06

      Spirits In The Sky

      Could aliens be our ancestors? A growing number of UFO cults
      think so, reports Tori Shepherd


      Across Australia, people are looking to the skies for a saviour.
      Many people have seen objects in the sky that they could not
      identify, and many believe that we are not alone in the
      universe.

      But there are also people who have built spiritual belief
      systems around the idea that aliens once came to Earth, and will
      return one day to take them away to a better place.

      The Raelians, who had their "annual awakening seminar" earlier
      this month in Queensland, are a prominent group in Australia
      that believe aliens created them and will return.

      These are most commonly referred to as UFO cults, the most
      infamous of which is Heaven's Gate, whose 39 members committed
      suicide in 1997 in the hope that their souls would catch a ride
      to the Kingdom of Heaven on a passing spaceship. But Monash
      University sociology professor Gary Bouma said religions based
      on UFOs are an "exceedingly tiny fraction" of religious groups.

      Professor Bouma, an expert on religion and society, said they
      were "one of the absolute fringes of spirituality".

      "It's simply a tiny little group pursuing an esoteric idea. Life
      has been full of them, they've come and gone," he said.

      "They never stand up against the mainstream, for a whole variety
      of reasons."

      But since space travel began in the 1950s, the idea of
      extraterrestrials has taken hold of people's imaginations.

      Films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and television
      series like The X-Files have made aliens and UFOs a part of
      popular culture.

      There is even a predominant image of an alien - a small, grey
      creature with big, dark eyes.

      And with new technology such as the internet, small groups can
      have a large and enduring presence.

      The Raelians are one group that has used the internet to become
      a worldwide phenomenon. They have an international headquarters
      in Switzerland, and offices all over the world, from Afghanistan
      to Zimbabwe.

      They claim there are up to 70,000 Raelians worldwide, with about
      500 in Australia. A registered non-profit organisation, their
      main aim is "to create peace on Earth".

      The group was founded in 1973 by Rael, a French journalist
      formerly known as Claude Vorilhon.

      He said he had met extraterrestrials who told him to build an
      embassy to await their return to Earth.

      He claimed they had created humanity, and would return to
      elevate them to a higher evolutionary plane sometime before
      2035. But members of many groups deny that the word "cult"
      applies to them, and would prefer to be called religions, if
      anything.

      This is a complicated idea. The High Court of Australia defines
      religion as "a complex of beliefs and practices which point to a
      set of values and an understanding of the meaning of existence".
      By this definition, most groups with any organised spirituality
      should be referred to as religions.

      The proliferation of magazines, books, and internet sites on the
      subjects suggests most groups referred to as "cults" are not
      just brainwashed followers of charismatic leaders, but diverse
      groups of people looking for spiritual guidance. The Raelians
      gained media exposure through their claims to have cloned
      humans, and they have also weighed into the Intelligent Design
      debate with their version of the origin of life. Roy Tyrrell is
      a "guide" with the Raelians - a position which he likens to
      being a priest.

      He said the Raelians believe "that life . . . was a scientific
      creation".

      "We believe that beings, whom we call the Elohim (which
      translates as 'those who come from the sky') came to the planet,
      and with the synthesis of DNA they were able to create life."

      "They created man after their likeness, so we look like the
      Elohim," he said.

      This theory of the origins of humanity is common in UFO cults
      and is often referred to as the Ancient Astronaut theory. Its
      most famous proponent was Erich Von Daniken, whose 1969 book
      Chariots of the Gods? Was God an Astronaut? was a bestseller.

      Von Daniken argued that aliens were a hidden force behind the
      history of humankind, responsible for ancient civilisations. He
      suggests that, once upon a time, there was a war between two
      worlds, and the defeated race concealed themselves on Earth.

      These astronaut refugees then contacted the "feeble hominids"
      (our ancestors) and decided to help them.

      So they mated with the hunter-gatherers and produced a superior
      race of human beings.

      VON Daniken offered proof of his theory in the form of cave
      drawings that he claimed looked like astronauts, complete with
      helmets and spacesuits.

      Mr Tyrrell said Von Daniken has "provided evidence of the
      existence of extraterrestrials doing things on the planet in the
      past".

      He said this supported the Raelians claim that the Elohim had
      been here.

      Professor Bauma said that these extraterrestrial theories of the
      origins of life are "an interesting but trivial phenomenon",
      although for some people they are "a way of making sense of the
      world around them".

      "Von Daniken said if you look at certain things a certain way
      they look a bit like astronauts," he said. "I can't imagine that
      he has any current credibility."

      He said that some people "seem to be vulnerable to some kinds of
      charismatic leaders", and that people should be wary of people
      trying to convert them to unconventional religions.


      [UFO UpDates thanks Greg Boone for the lead]



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      ********************************************
      Warmest Regards
      Diane Harrison/Frola

      The Australian UFO Research Network
      http://www.auforn.com

      UFOlogist Magazine
      http://www.ufologistmagazine.com

      Coming Conference 2007
      The 2nd International Scientific &
      Metaphysical Symposium
      http://www.auforn.com/sydneyconference2007.html


      P.O Box 738
      Jimboomba, 4280
      Australia.

      Tel/Fax 07 55487205

      Report a UFO Free Call Hotline
      1800 77 22 88
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