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Religious and cultural differences can be found in every society. And every religion can seem rather strange if you’re not a member. If it’s not a part of your culture worshipping an unseen god or elephant or cow can seem odd – Weird Things That Are Considered Sacred.
You may think that these things are just part of different religions but that’s not always the case. There have been numerous things through history that people have decided to kneel down and worship. And many of these things you never would have expected.
10. Psychedelic Drugs
The Temple of the True Inner Light sort of seems like a natural next step for the religions of the world. They believe that psychedelic drugs themselves are God.
Specifically, this religion believes that psychedelics are a the ‘flesh of God” that Jesus talked about during the Last Supper and not the bread. The followers believe that references to “light” and “oils” in the religious texts are not metaphors but references to people getting high.
This religion takes a lot of its belief from Christianity as well as from Native American religions. Being an extremely open religion, they believe that all religious figures were an embodiment of God but God’s divine form is his embodiment as LSD.
In Nigeria, the Yoruba people were hit by a deadly epidemic of smallpox and which convinced them that it was the wrath of Sopona, the god of Smallpox. They were terrified by the sickness and people started worshipping the divine incarnation of smallpox.
The people lived in fear of the Sopona’s priests who believed that if they were angered it would cause outbreaks of smallpox. The priests demanded the people to pay their tributes and threatening the outbreak in places that refused to pay. You would believe that they were bluffing, but they weren’t.
Dr. Oguntola Sapara who infiltrated the cult found out that they were indeed spreading smallpox by applying scrapings from an infected skin rash to delibrately spread smallpox to people they didn’t like.Dr. Sapara shared his discovery with the authorities, and the British colonialists outlawed the religion in 1907.
8. Copying And Pasting
To write an original material is a lot of work and a test of patience. It would be easier to just copy other people’s work and put their names on them and pretend that we wrote them, but there are laws against such things.
This is why Kompimism is popular. It’s a religious belief that copying and pasting information is a sacred act and weirdly enough is legally recognized by the Swedish government, which means that in Sweden, its followers are legally exempt from copyright laws on religious grounds. The religion uses the “CTRL+C” and “CTRL+V” commands as their sacred symbols, meaning that there is a holy relic sitting on your keyboard right now.
7. A Sock Puppet
The Cult of Glycon seems to be the weirdest of it all. It consists exactly one person – the comic book writer Alan Moore and he won’t let you join.
The Cult of Glycon was a fairly popular Roman Cult during the second century. Rich and poor came out to worship Glycon, which was a glove puppet controlled by a con-man trying to start his own religion.
It all sounds like a sort of joke, but Moore seems to be pretty serious about it. He talks about it a lot and has even written a comic book about his faith.
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6. Vladimir Putin
After a stint in prison for fraud, a woman named Frolova Fotinya claimed that God told her that Vladimir Putin is the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. Fotinya immediately spread the word, setting up a temple that is adorned with photographs of the Russian president.
Its beliefs reject modern medicine, advocate vegetarianism, and call for the return of a Tsarist monarchy led by Putin. Putin has refused any connection to the religion
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5. Computer Chips
One man who calls himself “Ertob” workships a computer. Pikpuk is a new religion with the belief that God is a computer program designed by space aliens. They accept that every claimed instance we have of a god interfering with human actions really happened. They were orchestrated by an alien machine instead of a divine being.
According to Pikpukists, the purpose of life is for mankind to develop its technology to the point that we can transfer our consciousness onto computer chips. Once on computers, we will be immortal and will have intellect exceeding our imaginations. We will be, in effect, gods.
4. 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet Motorcycle
A village called Chotila in India, a Motorcycle has been worshipped for nearly 30 years. To the locals the motorcycle is a sacred artifact which they call “Bullet Baba” which has been encased in glass and placed upon a shrine.
As the story goes, the motorcycle belonged to a man called Om Banna, who crashed and died in 1988 on a highway where the bike rests now. The police took the motorcycle to the station but the next morning, it re-appeared at the crash site.
Everyone were left baffled and someone brought out the simplest and the most logical explanation: Om Banna’s soul has returned to the world of the living and had taken the form of the bike and had magically moved it back to the site of the accident.
A temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built in Greece around AD20. Worship in this consisted of doing exactly what you’d expect people worshipping the goddess of love to do.
People who visited would spend a fortune to sleep with these women, who would let them experience Aphrodite’s love in exchange for money that went to further the temple’s cause. The temple employed more than 1,000 sacred prostitutes, who slept with visitors as a service to the goddess.
2. Big Butts
Adonitology is a church dedicated to the worship of fat-bottomed girls. Adonitology is no joke; it’s a real religion with a real church and real followers. It even has its own holy book.
The self-proclaimed prophet Adonis claims that on January 3, 1996, he was visited by three holy figures—Jesus, an angel named Elishamel, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, though, was a woman with a big booty. Jesus told him it was God’s will that women with big butts would come into power in the 21st century and that he was to start a religion dedicated to their worship.
The church of Adonitology has now been worshiping big butts for 20 years, in churches where women twerk for the glory of the Lord.
1. The Penis – Its Weird!
In Montreal, there is a church called the Temple of Priapus, dedicated to the Greek God of fertility. The Temple of Priapus worships the penis, which they believe is a holy part of the male anatomy. Their temple is filled with phallic symbols of every size, from every culture, and from throughout history.
Members of the temple are required to masturbate for a minimum of four hours each week. There are levels of membership, and hopeful applicants have to be screened to get in. Those in the highest level are required to dedicate 12 hours each week to the church and to the holy cause of masturbating as much as physically possible.
So far, every member is male. The church is open to women but has yet to attract any female applicants. There is also a website that gives a daily “Cock Prayer,” with pictures.
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