Reconceptualising the human body: Heaven's Gate and the quest for divine transformation

  title={Reconceptualising the human body: Heaven's Gate and the quest for divine transformation},
  author={Susan Raine},
  pages={117 - 98}
  • S. Raine
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Sociology
  • Religion
Abstract The mass suicide of the members of Heaven's Gate in 1997 stimulated much debate about the causes of so extreme an end to a new religious movement. Using primary source materials in conjunction with existing research, I present in this article an in-depth analysis of both the belief system and the behaviours of the members of the group. By using the sociology of the body and a psychobiography of the group leader, Marshall Applewhite, I show how ideas about the human body derived from… Expand
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