Top 10 Most Outlandish Religious Figures
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With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI being discussed in the media internationally, one’s mind may wander to the long list of ridiculous, fascinating, corrupt or otherwise inappropriate religious figures that have permeated popular culture since the dawn of time. TNS offers a roundup of a few of the most outlandish... George King King is the founder of the UFO religion the Aetherius Society, which combines UFO claims, yoga, and ideas from various world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Theosophy. The society is named after Aetherius, a being King claims to have telepathically contacted and channelled. Aetherius is believed to be a "Cosmic Master" from Venus, along with Buddha and Jesus. The society’s membership consists of approximately 650 members as of 1993. Shoko Asahara The leader of Japanese cult Aum Shinri Kyo, Asahara is currently under sentence of death from the Japanese court. He was convicted of masterminding the cult’s 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, a crime as of yet unexplained although speculated carried out due to conspiratorial aims of going to war on the Japanese state. The group carry out dangerous and often lethal purification rites - such as bathing in scalding water. Jim Roberts Roberts is the creator of a religious movement formed in the 1970s which is known as The Garbage Eaters. The group roam the streets of the USA and Europe eating rubbish out of bins to communicate their message of anti-materialism. Diogenes of Sinope Ancient Greek Diogenes of Sinope was one of the most famous proponents of the Cynic philosophy, which preached the natural life and rejected with contempt the customs and conventions of their contemporary society. He became known as ‘the dog’ because of his unusual lifestyle, which involved carrying a lantern around Athens ‘looking for an honest man’. He begged for a living and slept in a large ceramic jarin the marketplace. Yisrayl Hawkins
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