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Lia Aminuddin: Return to Eden (part two)

Happier times: Members of Lia Eden's community during a gathering(Komunitas Eden's official website/Courtesy of Komunitas Eden)
Raka Ibrahim
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

The Queen of Heaven shall not surround herself with bad familiars. As the spouse of Gabriel, God’s messenger, she had to live among the reincarnations of holy spirits. Lia Eden distributed this honorable title with divine impunity.

Her eldest son was dubbed the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. The novelist Danarto, a prominent member of her group, was called the reincarnation of the Buddha, while his wife was called the reincarnation of the Goddess Kwan Im. But what if someone is married to another who is not the reincarnation of their divine spouse from their past life? 

This was the conundrum facing Tri Sugiati, a successful statistician who worked for a government agency. Known to her friends as an intellectual with a burning desire for spiritual renewal, she joined Lia Eden’s religious movement and quickly became a d...

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