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Death and Transition

Diana G. Tumminia

in When Prophecy Never Fails

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176759
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176758.003.0009
Death and Transition

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Ruth Norman, who played the role of Uriel the Archangel, illustrates the power of charisma in a spiritual group. The death of a leader can affect the transition of authority as illustrated by several examples (e.g., Theosophy, ISKCON, Spirit Fruit Company, among others). Max Weber’s theory of routinization of charisma indicates several possibilities for transition. The group coped with the death of Uriel and Antares through past-life therapy and channeling.

Keywords: Ruth Norman; Uriel; death of leader; charisma; routinization of charisma; Max Weber; channeling; Antares; past-life therapy

Chapter.  7404 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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