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The Holy City of Mandarom

Susan J. Palmer

in The New Heretics of France

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735211
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735211.003.0002
The Holy City of Mandarom

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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

Chapter.  11296 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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