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date: 11 April 2021

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This chapter outline themes and motifs amongst UFO religions against a historical backdrop of religious ideas regarding contact and interactions with UFOs or extraterrestrial beings. Locating the narratives of the contactees as a development from Theosophy the chapter discuss the demarcations of the UFO or ETI religious landscape and draws examples from such religious groups as Scientology, the Raëlian religion and the late Heaven’s Gate. In outlining recurring themes and motifs the chapter firstly focuses on the practice of naturalizing the purported supernatural into ancient astronauts existing on the same ontological level as ourselves. Secondly it focuses of the millennial aspirations of a coming transformation of our world with the arrival of saviour beings from the stars.

Keywords: UFOs, UFO religions, ETI religions, extraterrestrial beings, millenialism, contactees, Theosophy, Scientology, Raëlian religion, Heaven’s Gate.

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