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In the realms of science fiction and beyond, a curious phenomenon has emerged – the enigmatic Raëlians and their quest for clones. Raëlism, a UFO religion founded by Claude Vorilhon, who now goes by the name Raël, has captured the attention of both skeptics and believers alike. With its roots dating back to the 1970s in France, this movement has delved into the realms of extraterrestrial encounters, human origins, and the controversial topic of cloning.
At the core of Raëlism lies the belief that an advanced extraterrestrial species, known as the Elohim, created humanity using their advanced technology. Mistaken for gods throughout history, these Elohim have allegedly sent 40 Elohim/human hybrids to serve as prophets, including figures like Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Raël himself claims to be the 40th and final prophet, tasked with preparing humanity for revelations about its origins.
But it is the concept of human cloning that has sparked fascination and controversy within the Raëlian Movement. Raëlists hope for physical immortality through the advancements of cloning technology. Their belief is that once humanity harnesses science and technology for peaceful purposes, the Elohim will return to Earth to share their knowledge and establish a utopia.
The story of Raëlism takes a dramatic turn as the group seeks to build an embassy for the Elohim, complete with a landing pad for their spaceship. While some may perceive this as a sci-fi fantasy, Raëlians engage in daily meditation and firmly advocate for a liberal ethical system, with a strong emphasis on sexual experimentation.
Raël's journey into the world of UFO encounters began with his claim of being contacted by the Elohim in 1973, an experience that led him to establish an organization known as MADECH. Over time, this group evolved into the Raëlian Church, with Raël as its director, or "Guide of Guides." As the movement gained followers, it spread to Quebec, Canada, and beyond, attracting science-fiction fans and amateur ufologists to its ranks.
Not without its challenges, Raëlism faced internal conflicts and schisms, but this only fueled its expansion. The Raëlians have sent missions around the world, attracting followers in Francophone areas of Western Europe, North America, and parts of East Asia. Despite criticism from journalists, ex-Raëlians, and anti-cultists, the International Raëlian Movement claims tens of thousands of members and continues to be studied by scholars of religion.
The Raëlians' connection to human cloning came to the forefront when Raël established Clonaid, an organization focused on research in cloning, directed by senior Raëlian Brigitte Boisselier. In 2002, Clonaid claimed to have produced the world's first human clone, a baby named Eve, garnering international media attention and sparking debates on the ethical implications of cloning technology.
Today, the Raëlian Movement stands as a testament to the enduring allure of UFO encounters, extraterrestrial origins, and the desire for human immortality through cloning. As science and technology continue to advance, the journey of the Raëlians remains a captivating and thought-provoking tale of wonder, mystery, and the quest for understanding the unknown that lies beyond our world.
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