Mehmet Ali Ağca (pronounced "aa - jah")(born January 9, 1958) is a Turkish assassin who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. After serving 19 years of incarceration in Italy, he was deported to Turkey, where he served another sentence for the murder of Abdi İpekçi, a left-wing journalist, in 1979. He was released on January 18, 2010.
Sun Myung Moon (born January 6, 1920) is the Korean founder and leader of the worldwide Unification Church. He is also the founder of many other organizations and projects involved in political, cultural, artistic, mass-media, educational, public service, and other activities. One of the best-known of these is the conservative Washington Times newspaper. He is famous for holding blessing ceremonies, often referred to as "mass weddings".
Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is an American criminal who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders, carried out by members of the group at his instruction.
Cyrus Reed Teed (October 18, 1839 - December 22, 1908, erroneously Cyrus Tweed) was a U.S. eclectic physician and alchemist turned religious leader and messiah. In 1869, claiming divine inspiration, Dr. Teed took on the name Koresh and proposed a new set of scientific and religious ideas he called Koreshanity, including a unique Hollow Earth theory that posits the Earth and sky exist inside the inner surface of a sphere.
Hóng Xiùquán, born Hong Renkun (洪仁坤), courtesy name Huoxiu (火秀), was a Hakka Chinese who led the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing Dynasty, establishing the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom over varying portions of southern China, with himself as the "Heavenly King" and self-proclaimed brother of Jesus Christ.
Marshall Herff Applewhite, Jr. (May 17, 1931 - March 26, 1997), known among his followers as Do, was the leader of the Heaven's Gate religious group. A self-proclaimed prophet and messiah, he died in the group's mass suicide of 1997.
Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; August 29, 1956 – June 28, 1993) was an American punk rock singer-songwriter who performed and recorded with many punk groups during his career. GG Allin is best remembered for his notorious live performances which typically featured wildly transgressive acts, such as Allin defecating and urinating onstage, rolling in feces and often consuming excrement, performing naked, committing self-injury, and attacking audience members.
David Shayler (born 24 December 1965) is a British journalist, former MI5 (Security Service) officer and self-proclaimed Messiah. Shayler earned notoriety after being prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act for his passing secret documents to the Mail on Sunday in August 1997 that alleged that MI5 was paranoid about socialists, and that it had previously investigated Labour Party ministers Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Harriet Harman.
Claude Maurice Marcel Vorilhon is the founder and leader of the UFO religion known as Raëlism. Vorilhon was a singer at a young age and soon became a sports-car journalist and test driver for his own car-racing magazine, Auto Pop. Following an alleged extraterrestrial encounter in December 1973, he formed the Raëlian Movement and changed his name to Raël (allegedly meaning "messenger of the elohim").
George Baker Jr. (c. 1876 – September 10, 1965), also known as Father Divine, was an African American spiritual leader from about 1907 until his death. His full self-given name was Reverend Major Jealous Divine, and he was also known as "the Messenger" and George Baker early in his life. He founded the International Peace Mission movement, formulated its doctrine, and oversaw its growth from a small and predominantly black congregation into a multiracial and international church.
Mitsuo Matayoshi (又吉 光雄, Matayoshi Mitsuo, also, Iesu Matayoshi) is a Japanese politician. He styles himself The only God Mitsuo Matayoshi Jesus Christ (唯一神又吉光雄・イエス・キリスト) or Jesus Matayoshi (又吉イエス). He is the leader of the World Economic Community Party (世界経済共同体党). He was born in Ginowan, Okinawa on February 5, 1944.
Sayyid Hafiz Muhammad Jaunpuri was born on (September 9, 1443 - April 23, 1505 A.D. , 14, Jamadi ul Awal 847- 23, Ziquada 910 Hijri) was an Indian religious figure seen as the Promised [Mahdi] by the community of Mahdavia. Some other followers include Zikris which are mostly found in Pakistan. Muhammad Jaunpuri was born in Jaunpur.
Jung Myung-Seok (born February 17, 1945) is a South Korean self-proclaimed messiah and leader of a religious group called Providence. He is also known by the names of Joshua Jung, Joshua Lee Jung, Joshua Lee, and JMS. Jung originally fled Korea in 1999 after rape accusations surfaced and was officially charged in 2001. After nearly 9 years on the run, Jung was finally captured by Chinese police in May 2007. Besides rape, Jung has also been charged with fraud, sexual abuse, and embezzlement.
This is a list of those notable human beings who were considered deities by themselves or others. The list distinguishes people who claimed divinity or were worshipped as deities during their lifetimes, and examples of individuals who were deified posthumously. For people considered avatars in Hinduism, see list of people who have been considered avatars.
Supreme Master Ching Hai, or Suma Ching Hai ("Suma" is an abbreviation of the said title), (born May 12, 1950) is the self titled founder and spiritual teacher of the Quan Yin Method with an estimated 20,000 followers world wide. She is also an entrepreneur who heads Suma Ching Hai International, an international group with business interests in restaurants, fashion and jewellery design; she is a poet, painter, musician, and self published writer.
The Japanese sect Ho No Hana Sanpogyo (法の華三法行 Hō No Hana Sanpōgyō) was a cult founded by Hogen Fukunaga. It is often called the "foot reading cult," because its founder, Hogen Fukunaga, claimed he could make a diagnosis by examining people's feet. He founded the group in 1987 after an alleged spiritual event where he claimed to have realized he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and the Buddha. The group at one time claimed 30,000 members.
Many people through history have claimed to be the Mahdi (مهدي), a messianic figure expected in Islam. These have had varying degrees of success in convincing fellow Muslims of their station, however the predominant set of Muslims regard them as false claimants, or pretenders. These claimants were often at the centre of political intrigue or radical social upheaval. It is believed by Muslims, Shias in particular, that many people will claim to be the Mahdi, although all will be false.
Krishna Venta (born Francis Herman Pencovic, March 29, 1911 - December 10, 1958) - California cult (the term used in the newspapers of his day) leader born in San Francisco. Venta founded the WKFL (Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love) Fountain of the World cult in Simi Valley, California in the late 1940s.