7/25/2022

The Indonesian Florist Who Became a Cult Leader

The supposed reincarnation of the Virgin Mary is from Indonesia and her name is Lia Eden. Before she awakened to her spiritual claim as a deity, she was a florist who worked her way into arranging flowers for prominent political figures such as the first lady of Indonesia, Tien Soeharto. After seeing a spiritual vision of a UFO picking her up, she started to combine major religions and claimed that she is the key figure that maintains harmony amongst them. However people started to see the dark side of Lia’s cult. A 9 year-old boy admitted that he was burned twice & followers confirmed they participated in a ‘cleansing’ by fire. Her religion was met with backlash and met with a violent response from Indonesians. Religious Minorities in Indonesia like Lia Eden's cult face intimidation, threats, and violence. During the time Lia’s cult was active in 2012, there were nearly 250 cases of acts of violence towards religious minorities in Indonesia. Soon after, Lia and 50 of her lawyers were taken to court and she lost. The Indonesian government is failing to protect the country's religious minorities from growing religious intolerance and violence even if it’s a cult.

7/25/2022

The Indonesian Florist Who Became a Cult Leader

The supposed reincarnation of the Virgin Mary is from Indonesia and her name is Lia Eden. Before she awakened to her spiritual claim as a deity, she was a florist who worked her way into arranging flowers for prominent political figures such as the first lady of Indonesia, Tien Soeharto. After seeing a spiritual vision of a UFO picking her up, she started to combine major religions and claimed that she is the key figure that maintains harmony amongst them. However people started to see the dark side of Lia’s cult. A 9 year-old boy admitted that he was burned twice & followers confirmed they participated in a ‘cleansing’ by fire. Her religion was met with backlash and met with a violent response from Indonesians. Religious Minorities in Indonesia like Lia Eden's cult face intimidation, threats, and violence. During the time Lia’s cult was active in 2012, there were nearly 250 cases of acts of violence towards religious minorities in Indonesia. Soon after, Lia and 50 of her lawyers were taken to court and she lost. The Indonesian government is failing to protect the country's religious minorities from growing religious intolerance and violence even if it’s a cult.

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The Indonesian Florist Who Became a Cult Leader