The Universe’s Best-Dressed Spiritual Leader

Ernest and Ruth Norman founded the Unarius Academy of Science in 1954. It’s a philosophy that includes reincarnation, extraterrestrials, and visions of utopia. From Ernest’s death in 1971 to her own passing in 1993, Ruth Norman led the group as the Archangel Uriel.

In 1978, Ruth, now referred to as Uriel, began to film "psychodramas" with the students. This is when things got next level. These psychodramas were improvised performances of the students’ past lifetimes — spent together in ancient civilizations — for the purpose of healing the karmic damage done in the past. The Unariuns believe if you were able to work out this old baggage through dramatic reenactments, you’d be free to move forward to a better future. But these reenactments weren’t performed on a small stage in plain clothes; they were elaborate productions featuring Uriel and her students in flamboyant garb.

The movies were one part Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain, two parts early John Waters, with costumes that would make Liberace and Lady Gaga’s jaws drop. Uriel looked like Endora from Bewitched crossed with Glinda the Good Witch — a septuagenarian goddess in glittery gowns and candy-colored wigs. 200 videos were completed, as well as 80 public access shows; many of them available to view today on demand.

An article at Racked has some background on Unarius, which is still a functioning organization, but mainly focuses on Uriel’s clothing, particularly the costumes used in the films she left behind. It’s a dazzling trip through a girl’s dress-up fantasies crossed with New Age spiritualism. And it has quite a few nifty pictures. -via Digg

(Image credit: Courtesy of Unarius Academy of Science)

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