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date: 17 February 2019

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For the most part, UFO religions were not taken seriously until after the Heavens Gate suicides in early 1997. Since that time, more and more scholarly attention has been given to UFO religions as well as to the religious motifs found in the more general ufological subculture. This article discusses the historical emergence of this strain of spirituality out of modern esotericism, the millenarian aspect of ufological spirituality, the quest for a both a new science and a religious technology in UFO religions, and the religious significance of the “ancient astronaut” hypothesis which informs groups such as the Raelian movement.

Keywords: UFO religions, ufological spirituality, ancient astronaut hypothesis, esotericism

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