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.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Also known as Pastafarianism, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a mock religion that was based on an open letter by Bobby Henderson to the Kansas School Board that demanded that the theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster should be taught along with theories of Evolution. Pastafarianism is legally recognized as a religion in the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Prince Phillip Movement
One of the most bizarre religions in the world, the Prince Phillip Movement is a religious sect followed by tribal people in the Pacific island country Vanuatu. The cult is believed to date from 1974, when Prince Philip and the Queen Elizabeth II visited the country. Since then, the villagers have been decorating their shrines with framed portraits of Prince Philip.
The Aghori is a feared Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the traditional Kapalika Order in the 14th century. Many Orthodox Hindus condemn the Aghoris due to their twisted rituals. What type of twisted rituals, you ask? They live in cemeteries and feast on human flesh. They also drink from human skulls, chew the heads off live animals, and meditate on top of cadavers in search of spiritual enlightenment.
A Japanese religious movement founded in 1977, Pana Wave combines elements of Christianity, Buddhism, and New Age doctrines. The movement is famous for their unusual attitude towards electromagnetic waves, which – according to Pana Wave followers – are to be blamed for climate change, environmental destruction, and other major problems of the modern world.
Universe People is a Czech UFO religion founded in the 1990’s by Ivo Benda, also known by his extraterrestrial name, Astar. Benda claimed he experienced several direct personal contacts with extraterrestrial civilizations, which led him to establish the movement. Universe People fight against modern technologies and negative ideas while spreading love and positive vibes.