Thetans in the Jungle: Scientology in Papua New Guinea's Highlands - 2019-04-02
Chris Owen provides yet another startling look at Scientology history that you probably haven't heard about…
Scientology in the West is in an apparently terminal decline, hemorrhaging members and beset by bad publicity. Yet a perhaps unacknowledged story of Scientology is how it is gaining members in parts of Asia (notably Taiwan) and elsewhere in the developing world.
There's a lot of reasons why this might be so — it benefits from being seen as "Western" and "modern," it has a lot of money to promote itself, and the critical coverage that it's received in English and other European languages isn't always accessible in other parts of the world. However, Scientology's roots in a very specific time and place – mid-20th century America, where founder L. Ron Hubbard devised its key beliefs – don't always translate easily to other places and cultures.