Secrets of Salt Lake: Summum Pyramid

God is a masturbator. Or so the Summum religion claims. The group, which started in 1970, believes that the universe was created after God reached an enormous climax while masturbating.

Claude “Corky” Rex Nowell, who later changed his name to Summum Bonum Amon Ra, said that he was visited by advanced beings called Summas. He used the teachings to write several books, including Summum: Sealed Except to the Open Mind and Sexual Ecstasy for Ancient Wisdom.

Ra was a Utah native and a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He contended that visitations by high beings were no more crazy than claiming that Joseph Smith was visited by two supreme beings in the woods.

Sex and sexuality are important parts of the Summum religion and it believes that true ecstasy can be achieved through the right sexual practices. And while the manual is written for heterosexual couples, many of the practices can be applied to gay couples.

One of the key tenants of the religion is the divine proportion, which is one reason the group built a pyramid for religious services and making products. In addition to sexual products such as lube and oil, wine is made in the pyramid. It was registered as an official winery in 1980.

Another of the key tenants of the religion is mummification. Many pets and other animals have been mummified, but only one human being has gone through the process, the group founder, Ra, who passed away in 2008. The mummification services are available to the public and participants do not have to belong to the faith.

The Summum Pyramid is located in downtown Salt Lake City, 707 Genesee Ave. For more information about the religion visit summum.us.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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