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- (Scientology) An extraterrestrial galactic leader who Scientologists are taught transported aliens to Earth 75 million years ago and murdered them with hydrogen bombs at sites of volcanoes, turning them into thetans.
2007, Una McGovern, Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained, Chambers, ISBN 0550102159, page 607:
- At the heart of Scientology’s belief system is the story of a galactic dictator called Xenu who, 76 million years ago, imprisoned the billions of people of the 75 planets of the Galactic Federation in volcanoes on Earth and dropped H-bombs on them. This traumatic event separated the thetans from their bodies. These deeply troubled thetans attach themselves in their millions to humans today; and are responsible for illness, perversion and many of the other problems of the human race. Advanced levels of auditing can help Scientologists to rid themselves of these ‘body thetans’.
2008, Michael Streeter, Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret Societies, New Holland Publishers, page 219:
- That incident, the story of Xenu, is an extremely important incident theologically, because it explains why everyone is infested with body thetans here on earth. It is a serious event considered to have happened.
2011, Janet Reitman, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, Houghton Mifflin, page 100:
- More than a few Scientologists read the Xenu story as “a bizarre science fiction story,” as one former member described it. But fearing they'd be denounced for doubting Hubbard's teachings—to do so would be a thought crime — they held their tongue.
2011, Hugh B. Urban, The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion, Princeton University Press, page 103:
- A more elaborate version of the Xenu/Xemu story appears in a lecture attributed to Hubbard from September 1968, also now widely available online.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.
- 1996 October 4, Leonie Brinkema, “Memorandum Opinion on Religious Technology Center's And Arnaldo Lerma's Motions For Summary Judgment”, Religious Technology Center v. Lerma, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia:
- 1999 December 1, Stephen A. Kent, “The Creation of 'Religious' Scientology”, Religious Studies and Theology, volume 18, number 2, pages 97-126: