Jesus of Siberia: an ex-traffic cop turned Messiah

September 6, 2009

Jesus of Siberia: an ex-traffic cop turned Messiah

By Alissa de Carbonnel
September 1, 2009
Print: AFP

Jesus of Siberia

PETROPAVLOVKA, Russia — The crowd shivered in breathless anticipation as dramatic music heralded his approach. “The Teacher is coming!” they whispered.

They parted in a human tunnel to allow the approach of the man they know as “Vissarion, the Teacher.” His long brown hair and white robes flowing and face fixed in a beatific smile, Vissarion outstretched his arms in blessing.

Women sobbed in ecstasy and clung to each other as he passed. “It feels like eternity,” one woman gushed. Close by, one man sighed in wonder: “It’s love on earth! Can’t you feel it?”

For thousands of followers, Vissarion is no less than the second coming of Jesus of Nazareth, reincarnated 2,000 years after his crucifixion, deep in the Siberian wilderness.

His promise of salvation has brought 4,000 followers to eke out a living in this far-flung region of Siberia, in one of the more extraordinary currents in a country known for its eccentric religious sects.

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[From The Reason Project ]

Comments:

#1 jlh (Guest) on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 5:17am

Miami’s got its Messiah too. Like some Yogis he loves his BMW too. What can the attraction be? Is he an Alpha Male? (though the alpha term has been extinguished..
see Sci/Am)...or unisexed? or self replicating?
A female? a virus then? ......The messiahs must be an
evolved viral idea. The soft guys prevent the hard guys from killing each other off.

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