People have always felt the need to believe in something, be it a deity or another human being. This is also the case of the following religions which despite the fact that they might surprise you, have thrived and surprisingly, managed to become acknowledged.
The Creativity Movement also known as World Church of the Creator is a racist organization that advocates the whites-only religion. For them the Creator doesn’t signify a deity but the white people. The organization is actually atheistic and has been forms by Ben Klassen in 1973 and after it’s death, Matthew F. Hale saved it from extinction as its Pontifex Maximus.
TOPY was founded in 1981 by the members of Psychic TV, Coil, Current 93 and a number of other individuals. The ever-evolving network is a loosely federated group of people operating as a unique blend of artistic collective, and practitioners of magic. They are dedicated to a manifestation of magical concepts and are lacking mysticism or the worship of gods. TOPY’s research has covered both Left-hand path and Right-hand path magic, various elements of psychology, art, music, and a variety of other media.
The Nation of Yahweh is a predominantly African-American religious group that is the most controversial offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites line of thought. Hulon Mitchell Jr. put its bases in 1979 in Miami. They see the African Americans as the original Israelites and their goal is to return them home. They believe that Yahweh is the Son of God, but, through their beliefs they have given birth to a lot of controversies and have been thought to be a black supremacist cult.
This is a neo-pagan religion founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. They have inspired their beliefs from a fiction religion in the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein; the church’s mythology includes science fiction to this day. They recognize “Gaea,” the Earth Mother Goddess and the Father God, as well as the realm of Faeries and the deities of many other pantheons.
Also known as the Cosmic people of light powers (Czech: Vesmírní lidé sil sv?tla) are a Czech religious movement founded by Ivo A. Benda who believe that aliens are communicating with them telepathically since 1979 and until present day. They closely watch and help the good and are waiting to transport their followers into another dimension.
The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that promotes slack, while in a meta-commentarial way, satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, UFOs, and popular culture. The church claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the “world’s greatest salesman” J. R. “Bob” Dobbs. “Bob” Dobbs is depicted as a cartoon of a Ward Cleaver-like man smoking a pipe. The church really started with the publication of SubGenius Pamphlet #1 in 1979.
The Prince Philip Movement is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The Yaohnanen believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being, the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum. According to ancient tales the son travelled over the seas to a distant land, married a powerful lady and would in time return. Prince Philip was made aware of the religion and has exchanged gifts with its leaders and even visited them.
The Church of Euthanasia (CoE), is a political organization started by the Reverend Chris Korda (pictured above) in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the United States. According to the church’s website, it is “a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth.” The CoE uses sermons, music, culture jamming, publicity stunts and direct action combined with an underlying sense of satire and black humor to highlight Earth’s unsustainable population. The CoE is notorious for its conflicts with Pro-life Christian activists. The main commandment of this church is “Thou shalt not procreate”. They further assert four principal pillars: suicide, abortion, cannibalism (“strictly limited to consumption of the already dead”), and sodomy (“any sexual act not intended for procreation”).
Nuwaubianism is an umbrella term used to refer to the doctrines and teachings of the followers of Dwight York. The Nuwaubians originated as a Black Muslim group in New York in the 1970s, and have gone through many changes since. Eventually, the group established a headquarters in Putnam County, Georgia in 1993, which they have since abandoned. York is now in prison after having been convicted on money laundering and child molestation charges, but Nuwaubianism endures.