UFO Cults: Religion and Ancient Astronauts Hypothesis

Erich von Däniken said it many times: he does not support any kind of cult about his theories. But there are some – now called – UFO Cults with worldwide influence and thousands of members. 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 there are know many more. Are these UFO cults dangerous?

The Raëlian Movement

The Raëlian Movement is one of the biggest cults like this. It teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim. Members of this species appeared human when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans that they made. They previously misinformed (on purpose) early humanity that they were angels, cherubim, or gods. Raëlians believe that messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha, Jesus, and others who informed humans of each era.

The founder of Raëlism, members claim, received the final message of the Elohim and that its purpose is to inform the world about Elohim and that if humans become aware and peaceful enough, they wish to be welcomed by them.

But there are many more. Aetherius Society , Church of the SubGenius, Unarius Academy of Science and of course, the well known Scientology.


While one could argue that religious freedom is a human right, some say cults like Tempelhofgesellschaft are indeed very dangerous.

In a bizarre combination of false racial superiority and UFO fascination, members of Tempelhofgesellschaft (Temple Society)—a neo-Nazi group formed in Vienna in the 1990s—believe that the original Aryan race were actually ancient Sumerians from the planet Aldebaran, who came here eons ago and settled in Atlantis.

According to Tempelhofgesellschaft, these beings led a highly segregated life back in their solar system, with them naturally at the top. They also believe that the Aryans/Sumerians, being celestial in nature, are mandated to dominate the world someday and conquer the other races, especially the Jews. Lastly, the members continue to hope that the reinforcements from Aldebaran—whom the Nazis supposedly contacted for help in 1967—will soon arrive to help them win World War II once and for all.

Of course, “crazy talk”. But many use paleocontact as a good argument for their frauds.

The Cosmic Circle Of Fellowship. This group was formed in the early 1950s in Chicago. Its founder, a postman named William Ferguson (who also happened to be a convicted fraudster), claimed to have made contact with beings from other planets…

Could this be harmful to serious UFO research? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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