Damanhur is a unique eco-community found in the Italian Alps and named after the ancient subterranean Egyptian temple meaning City of Light. Damanhur has become a celebrity eco-community and the story of Damanhur is considered by many to be a modern tale of the triumph of human vision, creativity, resiliency, determination and triumph over incredible odds. It is nestled in the Italian Alps and began in 1978 through the visions and dreams of its founder, Oberto Airaudi, also known as Falco or Falcon, who recently passed away in 2013. It is considered an eco-society, a federation of 1,000 with their own sustainable food production, currency and culture.
The story of how the site came to the attention of the local police reveals the ugly side of human nature but also the triumph of love and beauty. A former member tried, unsucessfully to blackmail the community by threatening to expose them unless he was paid a large sum of money. The community refused and he promptly followed through on his threat by contacting the local police. They came but could not find the entrance because the maps given to them were old and out of date. The police then threatened to blow up the entire mountain unless the entrances were revealed. This pressured the community to reveal the entrances. The police chief entered with a threat of destroying the “cult” but after he viewed the temples and came out, he was in tears. In time, he became a great friend and champion of the community.
The great work for which Damanhur is best known for is the Temples of Humankind, an underground complex dug entirely by hand in the heart of a mountain. Decorated with mosaics, stained glass, sculptures, wall paintings and other works of art, it is dedicated to the awakening the divine spark present in every human being. The Temples of Humankind has been defined as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and is visited every year by thousands of people.
There are many types of research conducted at Damanhur. One of the most important is called Selfic technology, which Damanhur researchers claim is modeled after ancient texts and is a type of technology which harnesses field energy to produce measureable physical effects. This idea of unobserved energies is the foundation for the entire community. The researchers claim they have been performing research for over 20 years based on synchronic lines, energy channels that cross the planet and which influence living beings. The various devices they construct are various configurations of conductors and glass tubes filled with distilled liquids and their claim is that it can interact with these fields to influence human health like menstrual pain in women, restoring energy in sleep, improve memory.