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On March 26, 1997, the bodies of 39 men and women were found in an opulent mansion outside San Diego, all victims of a mass suicide. Messages left by the Heaven's Gate group indicate that they believed they were stepping out of their 'physical containers' in order to ascend to a UFO that was arriving in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet. The Heaven's Gate suicides were partOn March 26, 1997, the bodies of 39 men and women were found in an opulent mansion outside San Diego, all victims of a mass suicide. Messages left by the Heaven's Gate group indicate that they believed they were stepping out of their 'physical containers' in order to ascend to a UFO that was arriving in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet. The Heaven's Gate suicides were part of a series of major incidents involving New Religions in the 1990s, as the new millennium approached. Despite the major attention that Heaven's Gate attracted at the time of the suicides, there have been relatively few scholarly studies. This anthology on Heaven's Gate includes a combination of articles previously published in academic journals, some new writings from experts in the field, and some original Heaven's Gate documents. All the material is expertly brought together under the editorship of George D. Chryssides....

Title : Heaven's Gate: Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group
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ISBN : 9780754663744
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 215 Pages
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Heaven's Gate: Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group Reviews

  • Dawn
    2019-03-15 18:09

    This book is a collection of ten articles about the "Heaven's Gate" group, which most people today probably remember at least vaguely, because of the connection between the suicides of 39 members of the group, and the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet in 1997. Don't be put off by the subtitle Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group. It's a little scholarly, but not too much. It will answer most of your questions about the history of the group, the founders, the members, and why they took their own lives. The media at the time of the suicides almost universally demonized the group, so it's good to find a more balanced account.

  • Anna
    2019-03-07 23:08

    4.5 stars; considering the dearth of academic articles on HG, this is a pretty damn good anthology. I do wish that many of the authors had spent less time going over the biographical facts about HG and its leaders (as readers, we are familiar with that background info already!), however.