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Alien worlds : social and religious dimensions of extraterrestrial contact

Author: Diana G Tumminia
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, ©2007.
Series: Religion and politics.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Offers a collection of essays that presents reflections upon the birth, proliferation, enduring appeal, and future of extraterrestrial mythology. This work explores the reports of aliens and the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana G Tumminia
ISBN: 9780815608585 0815608586
OCLC Number: 77504359
Description: xlii, 364 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Contactee religions. Hagiography and text in the Aetherius Society : aspects of the social construction of a religious leader / Mikael Rothstein ; The odyssey of Sister Thedra / Jerome Clark ; Galactic messenger! overview of the Universal Industrial Church of the New World Comforter / Diana G. Tumminia ; Presumed immanent : the Raëlians, UFO religions, and the postmodern condition / Bryan Sentes and Susan Palmer ; In the dreamtime of the saucer people : sense-making and interpretive boundaries in a contactee group / Diana G. Tumminia --
Part 2: Abductees and contactees. Toward an explanation of the "abduction epidemic" : the ritualization of alien abduction mythology in therapeutic settings / Georg M. Rønnevig ; Secondary beliefs and the alien abduction phenomenon / Benson Saler ; Alien abduction narratives and religious contexts / Scott R. Scribner ; Close encounters of the French kind : the saucerian construction of "contacts" and the controversy over its reality in France / Pierre Lagrange --
Part 3: Myth, folklore, and media. Consciousness, culture, and UFOs / Jacques Vallee ; Aliens from the cosmos : a discourse of contemporary UFO myths / Anna E. Kubiak ; All I ever want to be, I learned from playing Klingon : sex, honor, and cultural critique in Star Trek fandom / Jennifer E. Porter --
Part 4: Ufological "science" and therapy. Observations from archaeology and religious studies on first contact and ETI evidence / James F. Strange ; A confederacy of fact and faith : science and the sacred in UFO research / Anne Cross ; Ancient alien brothers, ancient terrestrial remains : archaeology or religion? / Pia Andersson ; The Raëlian creation myth and the art of cloning : reality or rhetoric? / Christopher Helland ; UFO abduction support groups : who are the members? / Christopher D. Bader --
Appendix A: Some known contactee religions --
Appendix B: Some types of aliens.
Series Title: Religion and politics.
Responsibility: edited by Diana G. Tumminia.

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