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5 Obscure Religions Practiced Today
By Steven Petite
While more than half of the human population follows one of three world religions — Christianity, Islam or Hinduism — there are thousands of religions in practice today. World religions like Buddhism, Judaism and Chinese folk religion are well-known and account for a significant portion of the population. But what about some of the lesser-known religions? What are they all about?
Take a look at five obscure religions currently in practice.
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Eckankar was founded in 1965 by Paul Twitchell, a pulp fiction writer with ties to the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. However, ECKists, as they call themselves, believe the religion has actually been around since the beginning of humankind and Twitchell merely rediscovered it.
Like many new age religious movements, the basic principles of Eckankar — which means “co-worker with God” — are easy to comprehend on the surface. ECKists think they can be guided back into God’s light through spiritual experiences.
However, their belief system may leave some scratching their heads. A core tenet of Eckankar states that a person’s soul, their “true self,” can untether from one’s physical form to explore other planes of reality, thus achieving full consciousness. ECKists also emphasize chanting “Hu,” a love song for God that is performed 30 minutes at a time. Through these exercises, ECKists strive toward becoming God’s co-workers.
Eckankar’s membership numbers aren’t easily obtained, but in the 1990s there were more than 50,000 ECKists worldwide.
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