Wierdest Religions Ever To Exist

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-04-17 09:06:37.0Category:  Awareness
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1. Prince Philip Movement

Prince Philip Worship

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. PPM followers celebrate the Prince’s birthday on 10 June each year as a full-blown religious festival.  Local legends apparently once told of the son of an earth spirit who had traveled 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. 

2. Jediism

Jediism (or Jedism), is a nontheistic religious movement mainly based on the depiction of the Jedi in Star Wars media. Jediism attracted public attention in 2001 when a number of people recorded their religion as "Jedi" on national censuses, although most such submissions were thought to be protests or jokes.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.’ 

3. Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

This church, also known as Pastafarianism, is a protestant group that originated in opposition to the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools as an alternative to evolution. The protest quickly became an Internet phenomenon, albeit a light-hearted, satirical one that rejects religious dogma. Pastafarians believe the universe was created by a drunken Flying Spaghetti Monster, pirates are divine beings, and heaven is a place with strippers and a beer volcano. Last week, Pastafarian minister Christopher Schaeffer was sworn in as a member of the town board of Pomfret, N.Y., while wearing the traditional headgear of the Pastafarians, a colander. The light-hearted Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has staged its first legally recognised wedding. Toby Ricketts and Marianna Fenn tied the "noodle knot" in the New Zealand South Island town of Akaroa. The happy couple say that guidelines of the Pastafarian religion stipulate that wedding celebrants must be pirates. Members of the church profess the belief that the world was created by an airborne spaghetti and meatballs-based being and humans evolved from pirates. New Zealand officials last month designated the religion as an officially-recognised faith, allowing Wellington-based Pastafarian Karen Martyn the legal right to conduct marriages.

Karen Martyn from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (16 April 2016)

4. Pray to the legend of football, Maradona

The fans of the football legend, Diego Maradona started a religion for him in the year 1998 and has more than a million followers in more than sixty countries. The supporters of the Maradonian Church count the years since the football legend Maradona's birth in 1960. The use of the neo-Tetragrammaton, D10S as one of the names of Maradona is popular with this group. D10S is a portmanteau word which fuses 10 (diez in Spanish) which is Maradona's t-shirt number, and dios which is the Spanish word for God. The Iglesia was founded on October 30, 1998 (Maradona's 38th birthday) in the city of Rosario , Argentina. It could be seen as a type of syncretismor as a religion, depending on what religious definition one chooses to use. It was said by Alejandro Verón, one of the founders: “I have a rational religion, and that’s Catholic Church , and I have a religion passed on my heart, passion, and that’s Diego Maradona.” Supporters of the Maradonian Church, supposedly from all parts of the world, count the years since Maradona's birth in 1960.

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