Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact (Google eBook)

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Diana G. Tumminia
Syracuse University Press, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 364 pages
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This intriguing collection of essays presents reflections upon the birth, proliferation, enduring appeal, and future of extraterrestrial mythology. Highly respected authors and researchers representing the varied and sometimes competing perspectives of ufology and the sociology of religion provide a fascinating and instructive voyage into the social worlds of UFOs, abductees, and contactees. Reports of aliens and the changing nature of abduction experience, even its sexual dimension, are explored in relation to literature, cultural practices, and ideology. The influence of abduction therapy and support groups is considered, as are New Religious Movements with extraterrestrial themes. Alien Worlds will enlighten anyone wanting to understand what and how the academic world thinks about UFOs, contactee groups, and alien phenomena.
  

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Contents

Aspects
3
Illustration
7
The Odyssey of Sister Thedra
25
Galactic Messenger Overview of the Universal
42
The Raelians UFO Religions
59
Secondary Beliefs and the Alien Abduction Phenomenon
128
Alien Abduction Narratives and Religious Contexts
138
TheSaucerian Construction
153
A Discourse of Contemporary UFO Myths
210
All I Ever Want to Be I Learned from Playing Klingon
217
Observations from Archaeology and Religious Studies
239
Ancient Alien Brothers Ancient Terrestrial Remains
264
Who Are the Members?
291
Tables
301
Some Known Contactee Religions
309
Index
343

Consciousness Culture and UFOs
193

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About the author (2007)

Diana G. Tumminia teaches at California State University at Sacramento, where she won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000 for instruction in social psychology and social theory. She studied with the eminent theorist Ralph H. Turner at UCLA. She has written extensively on New Religious Movements
and the contactee phenomenon.

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