In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Erik A.W. Östling about  the relation between popular culture and UFO religions.

Erik has presented some materials on this topic such as THIS paper in Israel recently, and THIS article on the Raëlian religion. 

If you are seriuosly interested in Heaven’s Gate – you should definitely go and read this:

Erik mentions Heaven’s Gate – and the use of Star Trek imagery – here is the video below from their ‘Exit Statements’ that were made before the mass suicide. The section he refers to is at 52min 20seconds into the video: (warning – given what happened, the video messages, while cheerily given, can make for rather grim viewing).

(It was also reported at the time that among the dead was Thomas Nichols, brother of Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura in the original “Star Trek” series.)


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