Ruth Styles, “Inside the underground temples of Italian ‘cult’ that says it has unlocked the secrets to time travel”. Mail Online. Retrieved February 26, 2015: http://goo.gl/iP4d8H
An Italian cult named Damanhurians based in Peidmont, Italy, is said to have found the secret to time travel. They had claimed to find the secrets of time travel back in 1997, however due to the rise of controversy, they had stayed in silence. Although there is no proof of their claim of time travel, they explain that they do not travel close to the present in fear of disturbing it. Founded by Oberto Airaudi, this cult combines neo-pagan beliefs with a passion for nature. Once members join, they are urged to take the last name of a plant or animal leading to accusations that this religious group is more of a cult. This religious group is dedicated to the planet and all of its biodiversity. They feel that all plants have their own musical nature. One of their many fields of experimental research are ‘plant-based jam sessions’ taking place in treehouses in order to channel the plant’s ‘music’. One Damahurian member explains, “it’s the human being that gives the sound to the plant, but it’s the plant that chooses the notes”. This cult also has many underground temples beneath the Damanhurians’ countryside complex. One of the more famous temples includes the blue temple created by picks and shovels. This temple holds a mystical blue sphere, which is used for ‘inspiration’. The group encourages members to use this blue sphere in order to “find the answers that [they] think [they] have inside [themselves]”.
This religious cult seems to see the importance of the biodiversity of our planet. Although the importance of our planet and ecosystem are emphasized, I feel that the Damanhurians over accentuate the power of plants through their claim of the ‘musical talent’ that plants posses. This group also emphasizes that they are not a cult due to the coming and going of many visitors. However, their almost forced policy of changing of the last name once a member, portraying the traditional characteristic of cults as mentioned by Rodney Stark (Hexham, 2015). This also portrays the high tension of urging members to change their name to mirror an animal or plant (Hexham, 2015). Although this group depicts a few cultic characteristics, I feel as though this cult is less harmful than a majority of cults around the world.
The Damanhurians also have their own website at http://www.damanhur.org/.