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When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group

Diana G. Tumminia


This ethnography details the UFO religion, Unarius Academy of Science, and their belief system, which includes visions, channeling, dreams, myths, healing, past-life therapy, and recovered memories. From the theoretical perspective of the social construction of reality, it analyzes the way members create their own social world of contact with extraterrestrials. Based on lengthy field research, the everyday life and history of one of America’s oldest contactee groups is described. The text explicates the lives of the founders, Ernest and Ruth Norman, who claimed to be Space Brothers from higher ... More

Keywords: millennial prophecy, Leon Festinger, charisma, contactee, belief, channeling, UFO, myths, past-life therapy, social construction of reality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195176758.001.0001


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Diana G. Tumminia, author
California State University at Sacramento
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