Chapter 19 Starseeds

In: Handbook of UFO Religions
Susannah Crockford
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Starseeds are people who self-identify as aliens or alien consciousnesses in human form. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Sedona, Arizona over a two-year period, and followed up with ongoing digital research, this chapter presents what starseeds are, how they describe themselves as having awakened, and how they earn a living. The language of science is used as a religious symbol for elaboration of composite selves, both alien and human. The economics of being a starseed is a particular focus, showing how individual practitioners who lack a corporate structure of support have to develop multiple revenue streams in the late capitalist gig economy. Case studies of three starseeds are presented to give fine-grained ethnographic detail about how starseeds both understand themselves and present themselves to others.

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