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Damanhur distances itself from its founder Falco

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The leader of Damanhur in trouble for tax evasion

Oberto Airaudi should have paid 2.2million in income tax and 600,000 in VAT

Baldissero Canavese

Torino Cronaca Qui 7August 2009

Tax trouble for Oberto Airaudi, 59 years old, known as ‘Falco’, founder in 1975 of the esoteric community of Damanhur that has its headquarters in Baldissero Canavese. A control by Ivrea tax authorities has brought to light a lack of income tax payments amounting to 2.2 million and another 600,000 euro relative to VAT.

The investigation by the Ivrea tax authorities relates to the period 2004 – 2007. The considerable real estate holdings of Airaudi have also come under the magnifying glass.

But Damanhur has distanced itself from the financial ups and downs of its founder:

“The controls by the tax authorities – declared representative of the Community Coboldo Melo – relate to the personal wealth of Airaudi and not to Damanhur directly. We are confident that he and his legal representatives will be able to clear up the situation.”

The question is still open in fact, and the legal representatives of Falco will have consigned the defense documents as is legally required which constitute the cross-examination. The Ivrea revenue service will then have to examine them to establish any eventual action and sanctions. The Ivrea Public Prosecutor’s Office has also opened a file with regard to Airaudi for tax evasion but the investigation is still in progress.

The case has obviously created quite a sensation and considerable interest in Canavese. Damanhur was founded in 1975 by Airaudi. Over the past 34 years the Community has expanded from a tight group of adepts at its headquarters in Baldissero, to international proportions with thousands of supporters all over the world. The heart of the Federation of Communities of Damanhur as the Damanhurians define it has remained in Baldissero, Canavese, in Valchiusella, where a vast complex of temples and buildings have been excavated in the Canavese hills. They define themselves as an eco-society: a federation of communities and eco-villages with their own social and political structure in continuous evolution. The Federation of Damanhur is a center for spiritual, artistic and social research known all over the world. Its philosophy is based on action and optimism and the idea that every human being lives to leave behind something of him or herself for others and to contribute to the growth and evolution of all humanity. Members have a strong ecological awareness and respect for nature, so much so, many of them have abandoned their own names for those of animals and plants. For this reason the founder Oberto Airaudi is known by his Damanhurian name Falco.

Valerio Grosso

Torino – CRONACA  QUI – 07/08/2009 – page 12.

Translated from the original Italian article.


Update 26/10/2009

Recent legal searches have revealed that Oberto Airaudi’s ‘personal wealth’ is not so easily separated from that of Damanhur, in fact it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say that Oberto Airaudi is Damanhur.

According to the national register he owns 49 houses/apartments and 60 areas of land. The Damanhurian houses registered in his name include the Temple House ‘Porta del Sole’, a house in Etulte, 3 houses in Tentyris Village, several apartments in Damanhur’s first settlement Damjl, apartments in the Damanhur Vidracco housing development project and the house of ‘Aval’ at Cuceglio.

He also owns 2 houses by the sea which are occasionally used by the Viaggio and 26 properties in Balengero.

The 60 areas of land are mostly located in and around Damanhurian settlements with the exception of a piece of land in Balengero which is used almost every weekend by the Viaggio as its secret destination.

It is indeed curious that in the Torino Cronaca Qui article, Damanhurian spokesman Coboldo Melo declares:

“The controls by the tax authorities relate to the personal wealth of Airaudi and not to Damanhur directly”

when a large proportion of Airaudi’s Italian real estate wealth is an intrinsic part of Damanhur. Let’s hope the tax authorities are well aware that Damanhurians pay rent to the Federation (Airaudi) in order to live in Community houses. It forms part of their monthly quota.

The Temple of Humankind is now owned by the Temple Association but the right to benefit from its use is held entirely by Airaudi.

Damanhurians are not allowed to be property owners…they are required to donate all their houses and land to the Community housing Coops. If they ever leave Damanhur, they leave empty handed.

And who owns the houses in the Coops…? No one seems to know…most of the equity in the houses is guaranteeing bank loans, 10 million Euros worth…which citizens are paying off as part of their quota.

First you donate your house…then Damanhur raises a loan on the equity…then you get to pay back the loan in monthly installments…


DIO Editor

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Written by damanhurinsideout

August 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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  1. Ah beh… se Airaudi ha avuto in quegli anni lo stesso commercialista che avevo io ci credo che risulta evasore! Chissà quanti casini gli ha fatto con le dichiarazioni dei redditi! A me li ha fatti e per pochissime centinaie di euro ho rischiato di trovarmi nei guai per colpa di quel coglione e dei suoi assistenti! Poi ce n’è di gente in Italia che evade milioni di euro di tasse non capisco perchè stupirsi tanto. Valentino Rossi ha evasto 111 milioni di euro ed ha patteggiato per pagarne 24 milioni!!! Ma valentino Rossi non usa il suo denare per finanziare laboratori creativi che indipendemente da tutto comunque assicurano una professione a gente che spesso si avvicina alla comunità perchè non sa che minchia fare nella sua vita! Inutile mettersi a screditare una realtà di cui si è fatto parte solo perchè poi non si è capaci di rimboccarsi le maniche e darsi da fare per vivere fuori dove, lo sapevate anche prima, non c’è nessuno che ti protegge come può succedere in una comunità… comunque se avete subito soprusi fate bene a denunciarli, purchè ne abbiate le prove!

    Translation by DIO Editor:

    Oh well.. If Airaudi had had the same accountant as I did in that period I can believe that he ended up as a tax evader. Who knows how many mistakes his accountant made with his declaration of income. My accountant made mistakes and because of that idiot and his assistant, I risked finding myself in trouble for the sake of just a few hundred euros! Then there are people in Italy who evade millions of euro in taxes. I don’t know why people are so surprised. Valentino Rossi evaded paying 111 million and settled up by paying 24 million!!! But Valentino Rossi does not use his money to finance creative workshops that independently of everything provide a profession to people who often enter the community because they don’t know what to do with their lives! It is useless to discredit a reality that you have been part of just because you did not have the ability to roll up your sleeves and earn a living outside, where, as you knew only too well, you would not be protected like you are in a community…anyway if you have been taken advantage of, why don’t you denounce the place, provided you have the proof!


    November 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm

  2. We all know that accountants make mistakes…and I am sure Airaudi’s accountants are not without their failings. Seen from the outside this would seem to be a perfectly reasonable explanation. However, ex- Damanhurians know that there is much more to it than that.

    How do they know?

    Because they have lived Damanhur and unfortunately been part of Airaudi’s creative ‘social model’.

    They can name the people who have personally carried Airaudi’s cash over the border to banks in Switzerland.

    They can name the Cooperatives set up as creative workshops to secure State start-up subsidies which mysteriously disappear into Community funds. Cooperatives that falsify their accounts and neglect to pay their workers legally.

    They have witnessed the asset stripping of citizens and seen them forced to personally guarantee large loans on houses that they will never own…loans that they will never be able to pay off.

    They have paid through the nose for Airaudi’s Selfic technologies which claim to cure cancer and many other life threatening diseases and for which there is no scientific proof.

    They know that the Credito is a clever method of controlling the internal money supply in order that the ‘real’ money can be invested elsewhere for personal gain.

    And unfortunately that is just the tip of the Airaudi iceberg.

    And YES they have the proof…and so does the Public Prosecutor in Ivrea.

    Airaudi and his personal utopia is now inundated by law suits of all kinds…

    And if you are under the misapprehension that Airaudi’s tax evasion has nothing to do with Damanhur I am afraid you are very mistaken. He basically owns Damanhur…it is part of his personal estate.

    And one more thing…

    The people who enter Damanhur are not all no-hopers without alternatives. This is one of the biggest myths of all. Those who enter Damanhur are usually well qualified people with a lot to offer. The Community does not want freeloaders with no skills, it is seeking to boost its public image not destroy it. Damanhur’s recruitment system is carefully aimed at successful professionals.

    And as for Damanhur ‘protecting’ its citizens… it strips them of everything they own…including their self respect…

    If they dare to question the ‘system’ it quite happily throws them out onto the street.

    Oberto Airaudi is no philanthropist…when he says you are in Damanhur “to give and not to take” he is not joking…



    November 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    • Ciao Giorgio
      se tutto quello che scrivi è vero allora permettimi le seguenti considerazioni:
      1) se a Damanhur esiste gente che porta o ha portato valanghe di soldi regalati al suo presunto capo in Svizzera ci troviamo di fronte ad una manica di coglioni che si merita esattamente uno schiavista sfruttatore;
      2) i professionisti competenti e preparati mettono a disposizione i loro talenti innanzitutto per il proprio sostentamento, seppur minimo quando sono dei filantropi. Certamente non perdono tempo a correre dietro alle cagate di un presunto parassita sfruttatore. Detta in soldoni se davvero siete professionisti andate a lavorare invece di perdere tempo;
      3) quando facevate parte di Damanhur se solo qualcuno osava farvi notare che avevate le stesse potenzialità del maestro lo sbranavate con le minchiate sulle 88 personalità et similia! Adesso vi lamentate di aver perso la stima in voi stessi per colpa di Damanhur? Secondo me non ce l’avete mai avuta!


      December 10, 2009 at 1:09 am

      • Dear Ospite

        DIO is an English language site..please have the courtesy to write in English for our readers.
        I do not want to waste my time and energy translating Damanhurian hate mail…

        DIO Editor


        December 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

  3. Vedo che non avete postato il mio commento di ieri sera: non siete persone credibili come avevo immaginato!


    December 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

    • Dear Ospite

      Some of us are ‘professionals’ and have other things to do in life than answer posts by Damanhurians with nothing better to do than bad mouth sites that oppose their INTERESTS!

      Now you can see your nasty comments….


      December 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  4. A proposito mi risulta che molti di voi siano andati via lasciando un mare di debiti a quelli che sono rimasti e che questa gente sta pagando al posto vostro!


    December 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

    • Ospite…

      If anybody owes anybody anything in this disgusting story of fraud and corruption …it is Damanhur …

      Citizens are forced to take on huge debts. Damanhur uses it as a method of control…that way they cannot leave…

      Wake up …you are being conned!


      December 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm

  5. I’m sorry for my bad english.

    As expected Ospite is revealing himself for what he really is.
    He is writing about little things trying to move the discussion into foggy lands.
    I’m a little bit confused because I know that:
    All Damanhur ‘A’ citizens must pay for everything, pay to live in a “nucleo”, pay for the internal health service, pay for Falco’s courses and so on.
    All Damanhur ‘A’ citizens MUST donate all their properties to Damanhur, houses, land and so on.
    Those are the rules.
    But the rules don’t work for the great “guru” Falco!

    Why ????

    The news is that Falco has his own bank accounts, A LOT OF bank accounts! With a lot of money in!
    The news is that falco has his own houses, A LOT OF houses and buildings!


    Where are the houses from?
    Where is the money from?

    When I was in Damanhur I had to donate my house to Damanhur!

    Why didn’t Falco do the same ???

    Damanhur is like a beehive, a lot of “worker bees” that work for only one “queen bee”

    An army of the propertyless that work to make Falco the “million dollar guru”! With so many bank accounts and too many houses!

    That’s the news! If you find out where the houses, buildings and money came from then you will find the real nature of damanhur!

    Damanhur is “the great new age swindle”!

    Swindled (Truffato)

    December 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

  6. Ciao Ospite

    I will reply to you in English as is the custom on this site.

    I do not understand why you feel the need to write with such acidity about people who require kindness and understanding. Those who are seduced by destructive cults need support not critical harassment. I can only surmise that you are one of the unfortunate compromised Damanhurians who is charged with writing in forums on behalf of the Federation.

    If you took time out from your indoctrinated hatred of all things non-Damanhurian you might begin to see the horizon more clearly.

    Your comments are hardly relevant to the seriousness of the situation.



    December 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

  7. Hi, I have only just discovered this page just having written an article about my visit to damanhur around seven years ago where I realised it was no utotpia and that everyone was controlled. I wrote this article a couple of days ago because I had just seen some one elses article talking about the amazing utopian world of damanhur and I knew it to be untrue! check my article here http://hubpages.com/_3716wioktlndr/hub/THE-DREAM-VERSUS-THE-REALITY-OF-DAMANHUR this was written very truthfully and whilst doing more research for pics etc I just found this page, complete synchronicity.


    January 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  8. i visit 1 the community with 2 girls and our sheppard dog, we slept 1 night in cafe next to it, we saw only some around the entrance, some coloured cirkels. we were very poor, so they did not very much intrest in me but in the younger girls were welcome,deh! 2 day we met and stayed in the house with children born in the community and had left and living near Torino.They were very negative about the place.In 10 years my dog never had bitten a person in his life except, lined, at that community.oktober 2003


    June 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm

  9. I just finished reading Linda’s “article” and couldn’t help from think that you are one hard to please lady. You are privlidged to see a time machine, the most exquisite art work on earth, and what has been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world and yet you have mostly complaints in your wordy commentary. I believe our minds are places of their own. They can make a hell out of heaven or heaven out of hell. Happiness is within.


    November 1, 2010 at 2:31 am

    • Dear Asara

      You write…

      “You are privlidged to see a time machine, the most exquisite art work on earth, and what has been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world”

      What Linda saw was not a ‘time machine’ even though she was told it was …and as for the art work being exquisite …that is merely your opinion ..others find it exceedingly trite and kitsch… you made it ‘heaven’ …Linda made it ‘hell’….those who have lived there would tend to agree with Linda….
      Happiness is truth…and you will not find that in Damanhur.

      DIO Editor


      November 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

  10. Asara, I was blessed to arrive at Damanhur already having a strong connection to my higher self so was not taken in at all by the illusory pretexts.

    Even at the airport when being picked up in the minibus the vibrations/resonance was not right for me.

    The artwork was mediocre and basic, fly further afield Asara if you are a member, come out into the world and see what real individual art and inspiration is like.

    I have told only part of my story and feel now it may be time to tell more of my experiences there. I will post a link here when I get the time to do this.

    I would like to add that I dont feel that what has happened is all Falco’s fault for there are no victims in this life, only volunteers. But when you realise what has happened to you you have a responsibility to yourself to stay awake and take responsibility and move on and grow in your own spirituality. He has played a role and played it to its extremes now it is time for all those involved in his “games” to become adults and awaken. Do not shoot the messengers who see the truth before you do, for we are all one and when the veil lifts further you will see that we were all your friends, willing you to become who you truly are.
    Namaste Linda

    Linda Joslin

    November 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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