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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735211.003.0002

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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