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 10 Most Bizarre Religions That Actually Exist.
An alternative Japanese religion, Happy Science was founded by Ryuho Okawaon in 1986; it was officially certified as a religious organization in 1991. Happy Science believers have a strong faith in the God of the Earth known as El Cantare. In order to attain true happiness, also known as enlightenment, they practice the teachings of Ryuho Okawa on a daily basis by praying, studying, self-reflection, and meditating.9
9.Temple of the True Inner Light
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The Temple of the True Inner Light is a religious organization based in Manhattan which believes that psychoactive substances such as dipropyltryptamine, cannabis, LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, psychedelic mushrooms, and others are the true flesh of God. The organization also believes that all religions are based upon the psychedelic experience.
A religious movement followed by thousands of Star Wars fans all over the world, Jediism (or the Jedi Church) is a new religion that incorporates the fictional teachings of the Jedi. They believe that The Force is a very real power in the universe. In 2013, Jediism was actually the seventh largest religion in the UK with an incredible 175,000 followers.
One of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, Zoroastrianism was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathustra) in ancient Iran, approximately 3,500 years ago. For about 1,000 years, it was one of the most powerful religions in the world and was the official religion of Persia (modern Iran) from 600 BCE to 650 CE. These days, however, it is one of the world’s smallest religions with just over 100,000 followers worldwide.
A blended religion practiced mainly in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, Haitian Vodou (commonly seen as Voodoo) was invented by African slaves who were brought to Haiti and converted by Roman Catholic missionaries in the 16th and 17th centuries. Greatly influenced by Christianity, it was this mysterious religion that inspired the revolution against Haiti’s French colonizers more than 200 years ago. After the revolution, Haiti was established as the second independent nation in the Americas after the US.
Also known as Neo-Druidry, Neo-Druidism is a religion that generally promotes harmony and worship of nature and respect for all beings. The religion is partly based on the traditions of the ancient Celtic tribes, but modern Druidism also incorporates Shamanism, love of the Earth, animism, pantheism, adoration of the Sun, and belief in reincarnation.
Rastafari is a young religion developed in Jamaica in the 1930’s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafarians believe Haile Selassie is God and that he will return members of black communities living in exile back to Africa. Followers of this religion place emphasis on what they regard as living naturally. They are known to wear dreadlocks and smoke marijuana to increase their spirituality.
3.Church of Maradona
Also known as Iglesia Maradoniana, the Church of Maradona is a religion based in Argentina that worships the iconic Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona. The symbol for the church is D10S, which combines the Spanish word for Gods (Dios) and the shirt number of Maradona (10). The church was founded in 1998 by fans that claim Maradona was the greatest soccer player in history.
Meaning “the supreme truth” in Japanese, Aum Shinrikyo began in the 1980’s as a spiritual group mixing Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. The group’s founder, Shoko Asahara, declared himself to be both Christ and the first “enlightened one” since Buddha. However, the group gradually became a paranoid doomsday cult, convinced the world was about to end in World War III and that only they would survive.
One of the most bizarre religions in the world, Frisbeetarianism is a parody of the spiritual belief in life after death. The founder of the movement, American actor and comedian George Carlin, defined the concept of the religion as a belief that “when a person dies, his/her soul rises and is thrown like a frisbee onto a roof, where it becomes attached and remains.”