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Rael's first published book, the basis of the Raelian movement

Raël (born Claude Vorilhon on September 30, 1946) is the founder and spiritual guide of the Raelian Movement. He was born in Vichy, Allier, France.

Before founding the Raelian Movement, Vorilhon was a sports journalist and a singer. He founded his own car racing magazine, Auto Pop.


Claude Vorilhon claims that he has experienced two alien encounters, which are the foundation of his ideology. These encounters happened after the 1973 energy crisis which led to the forbidding of car racing, and thus provided a lack of subjects for Vorhilon's magazine, cut his foremost source of income.

The first of these encounters was on the evening of December 13 1973. Whilst walking in Puy de Lassolas, Vorilhon claims to have seen a flying saucer that was landing slowly. An extraterrestrial being came out of the craft, and told him (in French) that he had come to meet him and give him a message and that it was Vorilhon's mission to pass this message on to people in every nation.

He was given the prophet name Raël, which means The Messenger. His meetings with the alien lasted for five days and are described in his first book "Le Livre qui dit la vérité" (The book that tells the truth), in which he claims that every life form on Earth was created by the Elohim with the help of a matrix of genetical genius and 25,000 years of scientific advances; every prophet which Earth has seen was sent by the Elohim, but their messages were misunderstood and twisted by humans.

Raël was given the mission of informing the world of humanity's true origins and built an embassy in preparation for the return of the Elohim. The extraterrestrials explained certain mysteries to him (which he recounts in his book), based on new readings of sacred texts such as the Bible.

On October 7 1975 he claims he was again contacted by the Elohim who took him to their planet. There he found Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad and received many teachings which are passed on in his second book "Les extra-terrestres m'ont emmené sur leur planète" (The extraterrestrials brought me to their planet). He claims that he discovered some wonderful, hamonious and peaceable beings who taught him a philosophy based on pleasure, love, knowledge and conscience.

Career in the arts and sport

Under the pseudonym Claude Celler, Vorilhon released the following five songs inspired by his idol Jacques Brel (the first four in 1966 and the final one in 1971).

  • Le Miel et la cannelle (honey and cinnamon)
  • Madam' Pipi
  • Monsieur votre femme me trompe (mister, your wife is cheating on me)
  • Quand on se mariera (when we'll get married)
  • Mon amour Patricia.

Later, in Clermont-Ferrand, he founded a motor racing magazine. It soon failed after the oil crisis and the ban on racing competitions. In 1974 he gave up his career as a sports journalist and devoted himself to the newly founded Raelian Movement.

Vorilhon and his wife divorced in 1985.


  • 1973 : Le Livre qui dit la vérité ("The Book Which Tells the Truth")
  • 1975 : Les extra-terrestres m'ont emmené sur leur planète ("Extraterrestrials Took me to Their Planet")
  • 1978 : La géniocratie ("Geniocracy")
  • 1979 : Accueillir les extra-terrestres ("Welcoming Extraterrestrials")
  • 1980 : La méditation sensuelle ("Sensual Meditation")
  • 2002 : Oui au clonage humain ("Yes to Human Cloning")fr:Claude Vorilhon

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