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When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group

Diana G. Tumminia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176759
eISBN:
9780199835720
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195176758.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This ethnography details the UFO religion, Unarius Academy of Science, and their belief system, which includes visions, channeling, dreams, myths, healing, past-life therapy, and recovered memories. ... More


Golden UFOs: Ernesto Cardenal and Millennial Ufology

Thomas O Beebee

in Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492-2002

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195339383
eISBN:
9780199867097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339383.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

American culture is suffused with technological millennialism. While the number of core believers in eugenics, cryonics, uploading of consciousness, and space colonies as postmillennial projects may ... More


The Raëlian Movement: Concocting Controversy, Seeking Social Legitimacy

Susan Palmer

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Raëlian movement appears to be the largest and fastest-growing UFO religion of the decade, claiming to have up to 60,000 members. It is also controversial, like many other successful, ... More


Narcissistic Millennialism: UFO Cults (1946–2012? ce)

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at the postmodern version of tribal cargo cults, namely various contemporary UFO beliefs covering a range of millennial variants from transformative (aliens will descend with ... More


Camera, Sound, and Music

Lisa Odham Stokes

in Peter Ho-Sun Chan's He's a Woman, She's a Man

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099708
eISBN:
9789882207257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099708.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter attempts to look into the film's artistry, as this is usually concealed by comedy. As observed through Chan's partnership in the United Filmmakers Organization (UFO), Chan had always ... More


Anti-Semitism from Outer Space: The Protocols in the UFO Subculture

Michael Barkun

in The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748923
eISBN:
9780814748930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the relationship between UFOs and the Protocols, in which beings from outer space “reveal” the fact that the Zionist conspiracy reaches into the worlds beyond ours. While the ... More


From the Album

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125343
eISBN:
9780813135229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125343.003.0012
Subject:
History, Social History

John Demjanjuk was convicted of being the notorious Nazi guard “Ivan the Terrible,” sentenced to be executed in Israel. He was proven to be not the “Ivan” at Treblinka, but he was certainly the one ... More


UFO Conspiracy Theories, 1975–1990

Michael Barkun

in A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238053
eISBN:
9780520939721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238053.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Oklahoma City bombing brought New World Order ideas to the public attention. A segment of American culture straddles the divide between mainstream and deviant and encompasses millions of people: ... More


Armageddon Below

Michael Barkun

in A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238053
eISBN:
9780520939721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238053.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Much of UFO conspiracism mimics the New World Order ideas prevalent in Christian patriot circles. The most distinctive of the variants concerns so-called inner-earth motifs that place the alien ... More


UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats I: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Masonry

Michael Barkun

in A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238053
eISBN:
9780520939721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238053.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

New World Order adherents can either ignore or adopt racist and anti-Semitic ideas, but their constructs have spread rapidly. Some New World Order ideas in ufology have been free of any overt racial ... More


The Roswell Incident

Robert Alan Goldberg

in Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300090000
eISBN:
9780300132946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300090000.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines conspiracy theories surrounding the Roswell UFO incident. Believers contend that a secret group within the federal government is covering up the evidence of extraterrestrial ... More


Watch the Skies

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the origins and the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film combines purely fictional storytelling elements with the extensive post-World War II reports and ... More


Fermi's Paradox

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

One of the strongest arguments against the existence of intelligent civilizations within our own Galaxy is Fermi's ‘Where is everybody?’—or ‘If they existed they would be here’. Following Webb, this ... More


California Dreamin'

in Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain?

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804773997
eISBN:
9780804777834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter provides a description of the Underground press. The best-known Underground institutions, namely International Times (IT), OZ, UFO, Spontaneous Underground, Middle Earth, the Sams ... More


The Euphemization of Violence: The Case of Heaven’s Gate

Benjamin E. Zeller

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1997 the members of Heaven’s Gate, a small UFO religion, committed mass suicide in Southern California. Given the group’s original teaching of bodily ascension into waiting UFOs, analysts have ... More


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