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Yeezianity, A Religion Based On Kanye West, Is A Thing That Exists (UPDATE)

01/15/2014 12:59 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014
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Ask Kanye West and he'll tell you he's many things -- a genius, the biggest rockstar in the world and a God -- and, as it happens, he's not the only one who thinks so.

The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe "that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity," according to the official website.

Noisey has an in-depth interview with the founder of Yeezianity, who explains that to become a member, one simply has to believe in a few key principles that the group calls the "5 Pillars":

1. All things created must be for the good of all.
2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed.
3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange.
4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs.
5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man.

The group's founder, who has chosen to remain anonymous and created Yeezianity about a month ago, claims the religion is real.

"In a lot of ways, after I created it, I reflected on it and thought that this was just a rehashing of Christianity, but just throwing Yeezus instead of Jesus," he explained to Noisey. "And you know what? That's why I felt Kanye did it. He just put the name there. Jesus has all this baggage and all these connotations, and Yeezus is this new thing -- and that's why I say in the 'Our Savior' part of the site, 'We don't speak of his public persona.' Because Yeezus is when Kanye elevates to that God-level, which I feel like we all have the potential to do. That's why if it takes off, in the future, people would forget Kanye and his antics, and instead focus on what the message is."

No word on whether West is aware that he has inspired a religion, but we're pretty sure the discovery won't have any effect on his ego.

UPDATE: Just as there were many who wrote gospel accounts of the risen Christ, so are there many would-be prophets and apostles who proclaim sometimes conflicting messages of the one true Yeezus. HuffPost Celebrity has been informed that for some believers, Yeezianity has roots dating back to January 2012.

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