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The New Heretics of FranceMinority Religions, la Republique, and the Government-Sponsored ''War on Sects''$
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Susan Palmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735211.001.0001

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The Holy City of Mandarom

The Holy City of Mandarom

A Case of  Médiabolization

(p.33) 1 The Holy City of Mandarom
The New Heretics of France

Susan J. Palmer

Oxford University Press

Aumisme (the official name of the religion practiced at Mandarom), is one of France's home-grown new religions. A true daughter of the République, it is striving to reconcile Gallic culture with the world's global religions. Aumisme offers a highly eclectic and syncretic spirituality. Its Hindu and Buddhist symbols suggest that here is an “oriental-import” meditation group—but in fact, its late founder, Gilbert Bourdin, was a Frenchman. The media refer to Aumisme as “the most dangerous secte in France.” Bourdin was one of the most reviled of France's late 20th century gourous.

Keywords:   Aumismem Mandarom, new religions, Gilbert Bourdin, secte

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