25 Most Bizarre Religions That Actually Exist

How many religions do you know? People are usually familiar only with the most famous and traditional religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. In fact, there are many other, lesser-known religions that are practiced by people all over the world. To show you some of the most interesting, bizarre, and unique religions that you might not know about, we compiled this post with 25 Most Bizarre Religions That Actually Exist.

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Raelism

RaelismSource: rael.org

Also known as the Raelian Movement, Raelism is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by former French car-racing test driver Claude Vorilhon (now known as Rael). The religion is based on the belief that scientists from another planet came to Earth and created all forms of life, including human beings, thousands of years ago.

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Scientology

ScientologySource: scientology.org

Developed by L. R. Hubbard in 1954, Scientology is a religion that studies people’s true spiritual nature and their relationships to themselves, their families, groups, Mankind, all life forms, material universe, spiritual universe, and the Supreme Being. According to Scientology, Man is an immortal spiritual being whose experience extends well beyond a single lifetime.

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Nation of Yahweh

Nation of YahwehSource: apologeticsindex.org

The most controversial offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites religious movement, Nation of Yahweh is a religion named after its leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh. It bases some parts of its theology on its interpretation of the Bible; however, it departs from mainstream Christianity and Judaism and is sometimes considered a hate group or a black supremacist cult.

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Church of All Worlds

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. HeinleinSource: listverse.com

The Church of All Worlds is a neo-pagan religion founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. Based in Cotati, California, the religion evolved from a group of friends and lovers who were inspired by a fictional religion of the same name in the sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

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Subud

man meditatingSource: britannica.com

Subud is a religious movement based on spontaneous and ecstatic exercises. It was founded by Indonesian spiritual leader Muhammad Subuh in the 1920’s. The movement was restricted to Indonesia until the 1950’s, when it spread to Europe and America. The central feature of Subud is “latihan,” a spontaneous, spiritual activity, which is usually held for an hour twice a week.



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