A Swedish “file sharing” organization that considers itself spiritual has recently been recognized as an official religious community in the Nordic country.
Isak Gerson, 20, has announced that his "Church of Kopimism" has received approval from the Swedish government in late December. No confirmation of this statement has been delivered from the Swedish government agency as of yet.
Gerson said the Church's close to 3,000 members gather every week to share files of music, films and other content. The content they consider “holy” are the files that are presented at the Church. The Church’s followers also regard copying as a sacrament.
Sweden's government defines such communities as ones that conduct religious activities and services. If approved by the government as an official religion, these communities are able to apply for state funding and the right to marry couples.
Sweden has often been mocked for recognizing obscure groups as official religions. The country in the past has also recognized believers of Norse paganism, elves and gnomes as religious communities. The Swedish file sharing organization joins a long list of religions that others may consider strange or non-legitimate.
The "Universe People" religion is derived from a man named Ivo Benda. Ivo is reportedly able to telepathically communicate with extraterrestrial civilizations that orbit around the Earth. These alien species are believed to be looking for people who are good enough to be transported to another dimension. Ivo’s religion mixes elements of Christianity, conspiracy theories and ufology.
The video below displays images related to this religion's belief system:
"Jedism" is a religion founded by the most avid fans of the "Star Wars" movie franchise. The central belief is that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together, and also something innate in everyone that allows humans to be moral. The supposed Jedi truth is followed by all believers of this religion.
The video below talks about the origins of Jedism:
The "Prince Phillip Movement" comes from the people of the islands of Oceania. The Yaohnanen tribe from Vanuatu believes that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being. They consider him the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum.
There was an ancient legend that spoke of a man who would travel to a distant land and marry a powerful woman and return afterwards. When Queen Elizabeth II came to Oceania, the people recognized the Queen as the powerful woman from the tales, but they also recognized the man who was married to her. The Prince Phillip Movement was soon established as an official religion.
This next piece of footage shows the tribal people who practice this religion:
The "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monsters – Pastafarians" is one of the more unique religions. The religion’s concept states that everything started from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In cooperation with pirates, the creature delivered goodness to the Earth. Believers of this religion think that today’s moral crisis stems from the decreasing number of pirates, who are considered good in nature.
According to them, the most evil people on Earth are homosexuals who give candies to other people. This religion is actually officially registered, which some may find hard to believe.
This next video explains the story behind this practiced religion:
These religions and their belief systems may be considered unique by some, but they have been made “official” nonetheless.