& The R�elians : The Raelian movement is
a UFO sect which is represented in 50 countries on all five
continents. It has been especially active in Zurich for several years.
In the Summer of 1997 it hit the headlines with an announcement that it
was soon going to be able to clone people. Apparently whoever
would like a clone of himself or herself can order one for a fee of
In terms of organizational structure, there are six levels of responsibility
within the movement. The sixth and highest level, is occupied by Rael,
namely Claude Vorilhon, the original founder of the movement and "Guide of Guides."
Rael or Claude Vorilhon a French journalist, set up the Raelian movement on
December 13th 1973. According to claims by the movement itself; Rael as he
is now known, was contacted by an alien visitor from another
planet. The visitor or extra-terrestrial named an Elohim was
described as being around "four feet in height, had long black hair,
almond shaped eyes, olive skin and exuded harmony and humor"
wanted Rael to establish an embassy on earth for his
people in order to welcome them to the earth. Allegedly he explained
to Rael that "we were the ones who made all life on earth, you
mistook us for gods, we were the origin of your main
religions. Now that you are mature enough to understand this, we
would like to enter official contact through an embassy" In the
days following this, Vorilhon-Rael (Rael as he had been named by the
alien) allegedly "received commentaries on the most significant parts
of the Bible" (Jacques Vallee, Messengers
of Deception: UFO Contacts and Cults p. 143).
Later Rael published a book called The Messages given to Me by
Extra-Terrestrials. The book detailed the teachings that he
received and some of the notes that he had taken himself. There were
also claims that around two years after his first visitation, Rael was
revisited in France. This time he actually got to have a ride in
their spaceship all the way to the alien's
planet called Elohim.
Staying true to his commission, Rael went on to establish a movement and
embassy to spread the Elohim's message, which centered largely around the
beginnings of life on Earth and the origins of man. Once the embassy is
built it is hoped that the Elohim will return to earth to share their
scientific expertise. It has apparently been revealed that the
Elohim "will only come when we build their embassy, such is their
love and respect for us."
Although a somewhat bizarre message from Rael, his Raelian Religion has
attracted a large following since its creation in 1973 and Rael's alleged
contact with beings from outer space.