The Info List - Federation Of Damanhur

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The FEDERATION OF DAMANHUR, often called simply DAMANHUR, is a commune, ecovillage , and spiritual community situated in the Piedmont region of northern Italy
about 30 miles (50 km) north of the city of Turin
. It is located in the foothills of the Alps
in the Chiusella Valley , bordering on the Gran Paradiso National Park. The community has its own constitution and currency, the Credito.

is named after the Egyptian city of Damanhur
which was the site of a temple dedicated to Horus

It was founded in 1975 by Oberto Airaudi with around 24 followers, and by 2000 the number had grown to 800. The group holds a mix of New Age and neopagan beliefs. They gained fame in 1992 through the disclosure of their secret excavation of an extensive underground temple, the Temples of Humankind , which was begun in 1978 under complete secrecy. The Italian authorities ordered construction work to stop because it had been constructed without planning approval, although artwork could continue. Retroactive permission was subsequently granted.

Damanhur's supporters claim the growth and activity of the community has revitalized the local area.

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