X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)


X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)

X-Day is part of the mythology of the satirical Church of the SubGenius, an organization formed as a parody of cults and extreme religious groups, and their pamphlets and claims. X-Day fell on July 5 1998, the scheduled "end of the world", and has been celebrated on July 5 each year since then. From its inception in 1980, the Church had prophesied that an army of alien invaders (known as the "X-ists" or "Men From Planet X") would land on the planet Earth and destroy the world of "normals", "pinks", and "glorps," while the members of the Church of the SubGenius would be rescued by the aliens and taken away into space. Chapters 10 and 11 of "Revelation X: The "Bob" Apocryphon" supplies additional details as to the precise kinds of fates which supposedly await the "pinks" and "normals" (as well as SubGenii who have not paid their membership fees) left behind when X-Day comes, saying, among other things, that those who are not immediately killed by the aliens will be enslaved by a society of evil clowns known as the "Bozo Cult" until eventually their souls are devoured by the Elder Gods. [Citation
last = Smith
first = Douglas St.Claire
author-link = Ivan Stang
last2 = The SubGenius Foundation
title = Revelation X: The "BOB" Apocryphon
publisher = Fireside
year = 1994
isbn = 0671770063
] [cite video
people = Douglas Smith (director)
title = Let's Visit the World of the Future
medium = DVD/VHS
year2 = 1973
] The book also tells readers that if they want more information, they should send one million dollars to Ivan Stang so that he can remake his 1973 film "Let's Visit the World of the Future".

When July 5 1998 arrived and no alien fleet appeared in the sky, members of the Church began citing a large number of conspiracy theories to explain why the predicted end of the world did not take place. The "ddate" program claims that the Church "declared that it had got the year upside down" and that X-Day will actually take place in 8661 [cite video
people = The SubGenius Foundation
title = X-Day Drill 1998
medium = DVD
publisher = SubGenius Foundation(?)
location = Cleveland Heights, Ohio
] . The most popular explanation for the failure of the prophecy in the Church is usually summarized with the statement, "the calendar is wrong and July 5th, 1998 has not really arrived yet." Because of this, the Church has held annual gatherings around July 5th of each year since 1998 to celebrate X-day and greet the arrival of the anticipated alien "Sex Goddesses." No flying saucer rendezvous has been confirmed as of 2008, but members of the Church have been undaunted. A more recent theory suggests that the X-ists did indeed come to Earth on July 5 1998 as foretold by "Bob," but through one of the most pervasive Conspiracy coverups, Earth and Mars were switched, and the "Earth" we know is actually Mars. And thus, as there was nobody on the True Earth at the time of their arrival, there was nobody there to witness the Rapture. [cite book
last = Smith
first = Douglas St.Claire
authorlink = Ivan Stang
coauthors = The Subgenius Foundation, J. R. "Bob" Dobbs (attributed)
title = The Subgenius Psychlopaedia of Slack: The Bobliographon
publisher = Thunder's Mouth/Avalon
date = 2006
url = http://www.subgenius.com/scatalog/books.htm
accessdate= 2008-09-19
isbn = 1560259396
]

The X-Day celebration has become well known in underground culture circles, especially in pagan communities. Of the various X-Day celebrations taking place, the largest and most popular each year has been held at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, New York, which also hosts the annual Starwood Festival. Many underground rock bands have performed at X-Day in New York, and the event has evolved into a festival similar to Burning Man, lasting for three to five days, with rock concerts, artistic events, bonfires, and parties taking place day and night.

Regular events at X-Day include a symbolic effigy burning of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs (the founder of the Church of the SubGenius); a baptism where participants have their sins "washed away", "and receive new ones in return"; concerts and performances by underground rock bands and performance artists; theme camps; and an auction where participants are encouraged to donate strange, unusual, and offensive items of all sorts (including themselves).

"Burners" familiar with the Burning Man event have been upset by the fact that X-Day is not a commerce-free event in the fashion of Burning Man - the bands and participants at X-Day are, in fact, encouraged to sell their own items, music CDs and albums, and other paraphernalia. The Church of the SubGenius has responded to these complaints with the statement that it is not a non-profit church: "We're for-profit, we want profit, and we want to cast out false profits." However, the Church's status as an independent corporation with no corporate affiliations has ensured that large, mainstream companies have avoided the X-Day celebration, allowing independent artists and underground performers to flourish. The Church claims to be the only religious organization that is "proud to pay its taxes". [cite video
people = The Subgenius Foundation
title = ReMastered MEDIA BARRAGE #0: "WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING??"
url = http://www.subgenius.com/scatalog/audio-mb.htm
medium = CD
publisher = The SubGenius Foundation
location = Cleveland Heights, Ohio
accessdate = 2008-09-18
time = Track 4, minutes 02:50-02:57
quote = We are the first NON-tax-exempt church around; We're the first Industrial Church
] [cite video
people = The Subgenius Foundation
title = ReMastered MEDIA BARRAGE #0: "WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING??"
url = http://www.subgenius.com/scatalog/audio-mb.htm
medium = CD
publisher = The SubGenius Foundation
location = Cleveland Heights, Ohio
accessdate = 2008-09-18
time = Track 14, minutes 00:53-00:59 and 01:14-01:22
quote = We wanna be proud to pay our taxes and let people know that we're not trying to skate by on the tax thing anyhow" "See, we're not saying anything that any of these other modern day, New-Age, religious cults aren't saying. The only thing is we're not denying it, that we're in it for the money
] .

Notes

ee also

* Church of the SubGenius
* The Eschaton
* Heaven's Gate, a real-life cult with a similar concept of "X-Day"

External links

* [http://www.subgenius.com/ Official Church of the SubGenius page]
* [http://www.modemac.com/x-day X-Day Home Page]


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